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Tibet will study quake

TIBET experts will investigate geological evidence from the strongest earthquake in the history of the People's Republic of China, according to the regional government.

An 8.6-magnitude quake devastated Zayul County and Metok County on August 15, 1950. Landslides, avalanches and mud-rock flows killed 1,800 people in China and another 1,500 in India.

The remains of remote village Zhibai in southeast Tibet's Mainling County, 80 kilometers from the epicenter, are well preserved as villagers moved away after the quake destroyed their homes and community, said Zhu Quan, director of the regional earthquake bureau.

The earthquake triggered an avalanche and blocked the Brahmaputra River, which formed a quake lake that flooded the village and drove villagers to higher ground, said Yong Shangrong, deputy head of Mainling.

The first expedition took place in 1985 and 1986, led by national authorities. But it had limited success due to the extreme environment and backward scientific equipment, said Zhu.


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