A 2.9-magnitude earthquake at a depth of 17 kilometers was detected at 1:25 pm on Sunday in Be
ijing’s Haidian district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
Two earthquake experts said the minor quake was a normal activity in the
earth’s crust caused by changes in crustal stress, and th
ere is no need for the public to panic, according to a report on huanqiu.com.
“It is a normal and isolated event,” said Guo Xun, dean of the Civil Engineering
School at the Institute of Disaster Prevention.
“As Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zones of Shanxi province, the
Hebei Plain and Yanshan Mountain, the city will e
xperience one to two earthquakes at around magnitude-3 degree every year,
according to past exper
ience,” Sun Shihong, a researcher at the
China Earthquake Networks Center, added.
ing act in South Asia in the past year, after easing some regional tensions.
In July 2017, for example, there was a heated month-long territorial standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, near the borders of India, China and Bhutan.
The two powers nearly came to blows over accusations the Chinese gov
ernment was building a road inside the territory of close Indian ally Bhutan.
Nearby, China also conducted live-fire drills with combat troops.
But a warm, informal summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Pri
me Minister Narendra Modi in April 2018 helped put relations back on a positive track.
”The common interests of China and India far outweigh
their differences,” state-run newspaper China Daily said in an editorial at the time.
The situation is much clearer for China across the border. Pakistan is a longtime f
riend and trading partner of Beijing, described by Chin
ese diplomats as enjoying an “all-weather friendship” with the country.
Pakistan is also one of the largest buyers of Beijing’s weapons. Between 2008 and
2017, Islamabad purchased more than $6 billion of Chinese arms, according to think tank CSIS.
It hasn’t all been easy sailing, however. Questions have been raised about the
large debts Pakistan has accrued as a result of Chinese government loans and infrastructure.
But Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been determined to keep the special rela
tionship with Beijing strong. “We need to use China as an inspiration to lift our people out of poverty,” he said.
NEW YORK — A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner with three people on board crashed into a bay near Housto
n’s George Bush International Airport on Saturday, said the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
It is unlikely that anybody could have survived, said Brian Hawthorne, sheriff of the Chambers County of the US state of Texas.
Hawthorne told local newspaper Houston Chronicle that police have found human remains at the si
te of the crash and investigators have recovered parts of the plane, the largest at 50 feet (around 15 meters) long.
The twin-engine plane, operated by Atlas Air, was flying from Miami to Houston wh
en it crashed shortly before 12:45 pm local time (1845 GMT), said the FAA, add
ing that radar and radio contact was lost with the aircraft at around 30 miles (48 km) southeast of the airport.
The US National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation, it said.
Meanwhile, Atlas Air said the flight was being operated for Amazon.
“Our main priority at this time is caring for those affected and we will ensure we do all
we can to support them now and in the days and weeks to come,” Atlas Air said in a statement.