China initiates emergency response to Qinghai quake

File photo of the beautiful landscape in a local county of Yushu Tibetan autonomous prefecture. [Photo by Han Jiajun/]

BEIJING - The China Earthquake Administration has activated level-III emergency response procedures following a 6.2-magnitude earthquake in Qinghai province, and sent work teams to help with the aftermath.

The quake in Zadoi County, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in the northwestern province, occurred at 3:14 pm. Beijing Time on Monday. No casualties have been reported so far.

As of 7:00 pm., 155 minor aftershocks have been recorded, the administration said.

The quake was strongly felt in the county seat, said Li Lianfu, an official with the Zadoi Earthquake Administration. All schools in Zadoi suspended classes and students were evacuated to playgrounds following the quake, he added.

The extent of the damage caused by the quake is still under investigation.