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An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale rumbled through north western <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />China Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties, seismological officials said.
The tremor hit a mountainous area in Qinghai province, near Delhi city, at 5:23 am (2123 GMT Tuesday), the Qinghai provincial seismological bureau said.
"It was 5.2 on the Richter scale," a spokeswoman told reporters.
"According to a report from the seismological bureau in Delhi city, so far they haven't noticed any human casualties.
"A team has been sent by the provincial bureau and is expected to arrive in the area this afternoon."
Earthquakes regularly rock China's Tibetan plateau and Muslim-majority Xinjiang region, which borders Qinghai.
Last year, an earthquake in Xinjiang left more than 260 people dead and thousands more injured