Xinjiang Desert Earthquake

Strong earthquake in the Xinjiang desert, China

Last update: March 9, 2012 at 12:31 am by By 

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 5.8
UTC Time : Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 22:50:08 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Friday, March 09, 2012 at 06:50:08 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 35.5 km
Geo-location(s) :
approx. 120 km from Aral (closest bigger city)
214 km (132 miles) SSE of Aksu, Xinjiang, China
282 km (175 miles) NNE of Hotan, Xinjiang, China   

China Xinjiang earthquake March 9, 2012

Update 23:54 UTC :
– Xinjiang is the Chinese province which is also called the “Uyghur Autonomous Region“. Xinjiang is often hit bu strong, very strong to even massive earthquakes.
– Aral, the closest city to the epicenter (approx. 120 km) has a population of 200,000.

Update 23:54 UTC :
– Chinese authorities are very skilled in managing earthquake response and special teams will be dispatched to the greater epicenter area. Every crack in a house is recorded and logged, which makes the Chinese statistics among the most detailed in the world.

Update 23:47 UTC :
– The greater epicenter area is Taklamakan Desert (see image below).  Peak ground acceleration is the direct epicenter area is limited.

Update 23:34 UTC :
– The Chinese Seismological Agency (to be trusted) reports a Magnitude of 6.0 at a depth of 30 km, a little stronger than USGS.

Update 23:30 UTC :
– WAPMERR, the theoretical damage engine has calculated that this earthquake will normally not make victims. The max. injured is 0 to 10.

Update 23:28 UTC :
– USGS has calculated (theoretical engines) that 4,000 people will experience a strong shaking, 3,000 a moderate shaking and 508,000 people a light shaking.
– Chinese  houses are mostly build in brick and adobe and are very vulnerable for earthquake damage.

Update 23:22 UTC :
-Luckily the epicenter of this earthquake is located in an unpopulated area. GDACS gas calculated that only 3,523 people are living within a radius of 50 km. 7,224 people in a radius of 100 km and 581,583 people within a radius of 200 km.
– estimates that only the people living within a radius of 50 km have a potential danger of damage.

Update 23:18 UTC :
– Earthquakes with this magnitude can be very dangerous in China.

Update 23:14 UTC :
– (Preliminary) data from other seismological agencies :
EMSC : M 5.9 at 40 km
GEOFON : M 6.0 at 10 km

Desert landscape in the epicenter area – image courtesy lean88888

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