Recent earthquakes not to affect Chinese mainland: expert

09:23, October 05, 2009      

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An expert on earthquake forecasting said here Sunday that the recent earthquakes in Samoa, Indonesia and Taiwan would "basically" have no impact on the Chinese mainland.

Liu Jie, director of the forecast department under the China Earthquake Networks Center, told Xinhua that the earthquakes were generally speaking caused by normal plate movements.

"Samoa, Indonesia and Taiwan are at junctures of active plates where earthquakes are frequent," Liu said.

The earthquake in Taiwan was not very strong and would not have any "major impact" on Taiwan or the Chinese mainland, Liu said.

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake jolted the sea off east Taiwan early Sunday morning. Tremor was felt across the island but no casualties had been reported yet.

On Tuesday morning (local time), an earthquake measuring 8 on the Richter Scale hit the islands of Samoa and American Samoa in the South Pacific, causing a tsunami and leaving nearly 180 people dead so far.

On Wednesday, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's West Sumatra Province. According to the United Nations, more than 1,000 people were estimated to have died. Rescue work is still going on.

Source: Xinhua
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