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UNDRO 89/0801
CHINA - EARTHQUAKE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
20 APRIL 1989

1. ON 16 APRIL, AT 5:34 LOCAL TIME, EARTHQUAKE MEASURING 6.7 ON RICHTER SCALE OCCURRED IN BATANG COUNTY OF SICHUAN PROVINCE. EPICENTER PRELIMINARY ESTIMATED AT 29.54 N. AND 98.56 E. BATANG LIES IN REMOTE MOUNTAINOUS REGION (800 KM FROM CHENGDU, PROVINCIAL CAPITAL) CLOSE TO TIBETAN BORDER AND INHABITANTS ARE MOSTLY TIBETANS.

2. OVER 1,800 AFTERSHOCKS REPORTED. MOST SERIOUS MEASURED 4.4 ON RICHTER SCALE. HEAVY SNOW IN MOUNTAINS REGION ALSO HAMPERING COMMUNICATIONS.