China sends work team to quake-hit Qinghai

A work team has been dispatched to quake-hit areas in northwest China's Qinghai Province, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) Saturday.

 The ministry initiated an emergency disaster relief response soon after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit Menyuan County in Qinghai Province at 1:45 a.m. Saturday Beijing Time.

 A work team was dispatched to Qinghai by the ministry and China Earthquake Administration to support local people to check out the disaster situation, settle affected residents and forecast the trend of the disaster, according to the MEM.

 The epicenter, with a depth of 10 km, was located at an area about 3,659 meters above sea level and with a sparse population, the ministry said, adding that no casualties have been reported so far.