Earthquake in Tibet Causes Trouble

By Faith Magbanua, January 03, 2018 03:01 AM


News according to Chinese media last week has stated that a level of 6.9-magnitude earthquake in mid-November hit the area near Mainling County in Tibet.

Prior to that earthquake, the reports suggest that the quake might lead to the turbidity of the area's water supply.

    "It is caused by natural factors. It is not a manmade accident. I noticed that Indian professional authorize have made an analysis and clarified," China said in its report.

The report released by Beijing regarding the earthquake's effect, as well as the waters in question - the Brahmaputra waters, triggered concerns in india.

Furthermore, reports from Chinese foreign ministry, as shared by spokesperson Hua Chunying, also stated that the recent tests manifested that the water quality met the standards of Class III water.

What is Class III water?

Class III water is commonly regarded as a water that is good for fish regeneration and wildlife.

Earlier, media reports spoke of heavy pollution in the Brahmaputra river, also known as Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh.

However, some media sources have quoted reports of formation of barrier lakes in Tibet close to Arunachal Pradesh, which has sparked concerns of a possible deluge in the downstream.

"We have noted that Indian media recently made a series of reports on this issue. They said China was conducting water conservancy project or exploiting a mine previously whereas now claim there is a barrier lake upstream," Hua said.

"I could tell you responsibly that none of these speculations is true according to the results of the investigation by the relevant Chinese authorities," she told PTI in response to a question.

She also stressed that the investigation done by China regarding the issue is "utterly for humanitarian considerations and does not affect its stance on the border issue."


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