Tibet: Earthquakes Kill Dozens
Two quakes which struck the Himalayan region of Tibet have killed at least 30 people.
The earthquakes struck about 16km (10 miles) and 15 minutes apart in a sparsely populated area about 84km (50 miles) west of Tibet's capital, Lhasa. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude of the first quake was 6.6 and that of the second - 5.1. Many houses collapsed near the epicentre in Damxung county, China's Xinhua news agency says.
The area has a population of about 42,000 people, mostly herdsmen. The director of the Tibetan seismological department, Zhu Quan, says the authorities are still trying to determine the exact number of casualties.
Local officials in Damxung county said more people were still buried under debris. The earthquake shook buildings in Lhasa, prompting office workers to rush out of their buildings into the street.
However, there have been no reported casualties in the city and damage to buildings is minimal.
Shops remain open and train and air links have not been affected.
The tremors in Tibet - at about 1630 (0830 GMT) - came after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck neighbouring Kyrgyzstan, near its border with China, killing at least 65 people.
Message of His Holiness the Dalai Lama To Those Affected by Tibet Earthquake
I am deeply saddened by the loss of life and property as a result of the earthquake that struck Damshung county and neighboring areas west of Lhasa on Monday, 6 October 2008.
Our prayers go out to those who have lost their lives in this tragedy and offer condolences to their families and those affected by this natural disaster.
I am exploring avenues to extend assistance as a token of my deep concern and solidarity with the people devastated by this earthquake.
THE DALAI LAMA
October 7, 2008