Xinjiang Large Earthquake 7/03

Very damaging and deadly earthquake in Xinjiang, China

Last update: July 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm by By

Update 16:52 TC : New damage numbers :  The number of injured increased to 71. Additionally 7586 houses collapsed, 21248 severely damaged, 47781 slightly damaged

Update : we are very sad to report that 3 people have been killed and at least 30 others injured by this earthquake.

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Update : 2882 houses collapsed and 8630 damaged in an intermediate report.

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95km (59mi) SE of Yilkiqi, China
131km (81mi) SE of Shache, China
164km (102mi) WNW of Hotan, China
289km (180mi) SE of Kashi, China
619km (385mi) NE of Islamabad, Pakistan

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-07-03 09:07:45

GMT/UTC Time : 2015-07-03 01:07:45


Sichuan China Earthquake 11/22

Dangerous damaging earthquake in Sichuan, China (Xinduqiao most at risk) – at least 2 people killed and 48 injured

Last update: November 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm by By

 Update 16:54 UTC : The earthquake toll has further increased to 2 people killed and 48 injured

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Important update 15:03 UTC : The current status is 1 person killed and 22 injured. A lot of relief material has been sent to the hardest hit areas. We expect this number to increase in the following hours.

Update 12:10 UTC : Below the shaking map published by the Chinese Seismological agency. To be noticed a far great strong shaking area than the USGS (M5.8) map below.

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Update 11:55 UTC : Apparently there are NO big buildings collapsed, neither in Xinduqiao nor in Tagong, which is very good news. No images yet from the epicenter area. We expect also landslides to have occurred as this is a mountainous area.
Below the seismic map of the greater epicenter area. Combined with the beach-ball below and the faults on this seismic map, we can now say that the ground movement went from South-East to North-West

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Update 11:21 UTC : Beijing News reported that in Xinduqiao town residents said that many houses collapsed, mostly older Tibetan houses, more recently build houses have only been damaged. Currently, NO no rescue personnel arrived as yet, some areas have still electricity, communications are on and off.

Update 11:18 UTC : The earthquake was even felt as far as Chongqing

The picture below has been taken in Kangding 40 km from the epicenter

Update 11:14 UTC : Some walls of Kangding Airport are showing cracks. 3 trains lines are delayed because the railway personnel has first to inspect the rails.

Update 11:10 UTC : Unconfirmed reports are mentioning that one 73 year old man from Kangding was killed due to the earthquake. The exact reason has not been reported.

Update 10:59 UTC : People living in the wider earthquake area (including Kangding) are on the streets and are afraid to go inside again.

Update 10:56 UTC : Medical teams have been sent to the epicenter area. China has probably the best managed earthquake response teams in the world. Part of the response is by the Chinese Army. A lot of specialized material can be put into work within 24 hours (heavy material, telecommunications, field hospitals, etc etc)

Update 10:23 UTC : The first reports from the biggest nearby city Kangding are hopeful. No widespread collapses houses and only 1 injured person because of broken glass. Specialized teams are now rushing to the villages closest to the epicenter. We keep you informed when new reports are coming in. The earthquake was strongly felt in Kangding (39 km from the epicenter)

Update 10:13 UTC : The earthquake was felt strongly in Chengdu (based on Chinese readers reports). Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province. The Chengdu districy has a population of 16 million. Chengdu itself is however not an important risk for this earthquake.

Update 09:59 UTC : ER calls the below village as most in danger as it is located closest to the epicenter (approx. 6 km). The epicenter (breaking itself is located on the edges of the high mountain chain (which is normally good news).

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Update 09:50 UTC : Further bad news for this earthquake. The beach-ball shows a strike-slip earthquake type, the most dangerous one with a mainly horizontal movement. Older houses and buildings can be severely damaged by this type of earthquake.

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Update 09:43 UTC : Below the map as reported by the Chinese Seismological Agency. The upper dot is today’s epicenter, the lower dots other +M5 earthquakes this year. important to say about this map is that the earthquake is NOT an aftershock but a mainshock.

Image courtesy and copyright Chinese Seismological Agency

Update 09:37 UTC : The Chinese authorities are reporting a Magnitude of 6.3 at a depth of 18 km. These data are confirming our earlier expectations. Damage and injuries almost certain, hopefully no fatalities.

Update 09:25 UTC : Prof. Max Wyss who specializes in theoretical calculations of injured and fatalities based on many parameters expect for this earthquake 0 to 200 fatalities and 50 to 500 injured. Let’s hope that he is wrong this time or that only his minimum values will be reached.

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39km (24mi) NW of Kangding, China
168km (104mi) W of Linqiong, China
203km (126mi) SSW of Wuwei, China
216km (134mi) WNW of Leshan, China
1111km (690mi) NNW of Ha Noi, Vietnam

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-11-22 16:55:29

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-11-22 08:55:29


Yunnan, China Earthquake

Moderate earthquake in Southern Yunnan, China

Last update: January 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm by By

Update 15:22 UTC
Many houses suffered at least minor damage, like cracked walls and fallen tiles. Some houses are severely damaged, with collapsed walls, etc. So far no injuries are reported.

Magnitude 4.6 is reported by chinese authorities. The epicenter is located in southern Yunnan, close to the border to Laos.
First reports mention cracked buildings in towns near the epicenter. More damage reports are expected to follow. Quakes of this size in Yunnan generally damage many hundred buildings. Today’s quake is the fourth this year in Yunnan which causes damage.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-01-28 20:02:00

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-01-28 12:02:00

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km

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Northeastern China Double Earthquake

Strong and very dangerous double earthquake in Changlin, Jilin / Nei-Mongol, China – Lots of damage

Last update: November 23, 2013 at 11:17 am by By

Update 11:19 UTC : Jilin Military immediately launched an emergency mechanism and organized more than 300 active duty, reserve militia and police officers into the emergency disaster relief. Fog, snow and temperatures down to -10 C are adding the to damage.

Update 09:44 UTC : 310 rooms collapsed, 16000 were severely damaged and  20000 with minor damage. No injuries or fatalities has been reported so far which is great as the strongest one happened during the nightly hours.

Update 09:24 UTC : The earthquake sequences are that damaging that a national disaster emergency response grade Ⅳ has been called !

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Update 01:31 UTC : The first reports from Songyuan City are mentioning some severely damaged houses in the epicenter area. The assessments from specialized teams (Chinese authorities are very experienced and quick rescue operations) are expected the coming hours.

Update 01:27 UTC : In China this earthquake is described as Songyuan City, Changchun, Jilin earthquake

Update 01:23 UTC : On the pictures below which are from the earthquake area (if the sources are right), one can see a) an aerial view of the landscape showing a lot of agriculture fields and suggesting a flat soft surface which is very vulnerable for earthquake waves. On other images (not shown) we have noticed oil pumps suggesting oil is being extracted in the area. We do NOT suggest however that the oil extraction has something to do with this earthquake.

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Update 01:16 UTC : The whole area is unstable since also a double earthquake did strike on October 31. the magnitudes at that time were reported as 5.5 and 5.0, versus 5.3, 5.8 and 5.0 today.

Update 01:11 UTC : Adding to the misery will be snow coming soon

Update 01:09 UTC : Xinhua China early reports mention :  The epicenter was located at the juncture of Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County and Qian’an county, where two quakes of similar magnitude occurred on Oct. 31 and left 12 people injured. “The earthquake lasted for about 3 seconds. I felt it was more severe than the last time, and my house was partly damaged,” Li Wei, a resident in Yingtu Village of Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County, told Xinhua over the phone.
Li said his fellow villagers ran out of their homes for fear that their houses would collapse.

Update 00:56 UTC : The Chinese seismological Agency reports a Magnitude of 5.8 at a depth of only 9 km = very dangerous and collapsed rooms /houses can be expected

Very dangerous double earthquake in the greater Changlin area, China. These twin earthquakes happened after a similar 5+ earthquake yesterday (local time – today UTC). Based on the USGS data, an intensity of MMI VII is expected. This MMI will lead to further damage at houses and infrastructure.
The earthquake was very shallow based on the same USGS data.

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  1. 34km (21mi) N of Changling, China
  2. 72km (45mi) ESE of Kaitong, China
  3. 90km (56mi) SW of Qianguo, China
  4. 93km (58mi) SW of Fuyu, China
  5. 632km (393mi) NNW of Pyongyang, North Korea

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-11-23 06:04:26

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-11-22 22:04:26

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km


Yunnan China – Dangerous Quake 8/31

Extremely dangerous earthquake/aftershock in Yunnan, China – at least 5 people killed and 36 injured

Last update: August 31, 2013 at 1:16 pm by By

Update 12:53 UTC : The death toll has unfortunately risen to 5.
36 people have been injured by the quake. At least 15 of them have been hospitalized.
The fatalities have been recorded in both the counties of Shangri-La and Deqen (Yunnan Province).
The present damage and injured/death toll may climb further the coming hours as rescue teams will further search the area.

Landslides and a heavy truck who slashed into a minibus (not specified whether this is the minibus with the tourists in it). The injured were hospitalized. Image courtesy and copyright

Landslides and a heavy truck who slashed into a minibus (not specified whether this is the minibus with the tourists in it). The injured were hospitalized. Image courtesy and copyright

Update 09:57 UTC : The Chinese press is now reporting the death of 4 people and at least 17 injured. Telecommunications were down in some parts of the hardest hit area and emergency units are being installed by the Chinese authorities. A lot of landslides have been reported in this mountainous Yunnan area. Assessment is still continuing but the following numbers can be reported as minimum damage :
– 600 rooms have collapsed
– 55,500 rooms have been damaged to different extend
– +9,000 residents have been affected and had to live in tented camps or with relatives.

Update : At least 3 people have been killed by this earthquake and 17 have been reported as injured. Many houses (who might have been already damaged from the M5.1 earthquake) have collapsed and even more damaged further.

Electricians work to supply electricity to the affected area in the area bordering the counties of Shangri-La, Deqen of Yunnan Province and Derong County of Sichuan Province, with a depth of about 10 kilometers, the center said. (Xinhua/Shi Xianrao)

Electricians work to supply electricity to the affected area in the area bordering the counties of Shangri-La, Deqen of Yunnan Province and Derong County of Sichuan Province, with a depth of about 10 kilometers, the center said. (Image courtesy and copyright Xinhua/Shi Xianrao)

Update : Also tourists seems to have been involved in this earthquake. The greater earthquake area is a highlight in many Chinese tours, a visit to the town and Monastery of Shangri La, also called Little Tibet.

The earthquake is in fact an aftershock of a M5.1 at 12 km depth from a few days ago. Click here for our in-depth article.

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0 km (0mi) S of Benzilan, China
172 km (107mi) NNW of Dayan, China
286 km (178mi) W of Xichang, China
291 km (181mi) NNW of Dali, China

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.7

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-08-31 08:04:19

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-08-31 00:04:19

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km


Dangerous earthquake – Yunnan, China

At least 30 injured (3 seriously) and more than 17,000 households with damaged houses in Yunnan, China earthquake

Last update: March 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm by By

Update 19:28 UTC : In addition to the 1405 collapsed rooms and 83434 damaged rooms, this has combined with other infrastructure losses to cause at least 350 million CNY damage (around 55 million USD). 12000 people have been relocated and at least 130000 people have been affected. The injury total remains at 3 severely injured and 27 slightly injured.

Update 17:47 UTC : The earthquake did affected six townships in three counties : Eryuan, Yangbi, and Yunlong (9.2 million people). The houses of 17,594 households has damage in various degrees and 83,434 rooms have been reported damaged so far.

Update 13:33 UTC : A far from final report states that 3 people were seriously injured and 27 slightly injured. The material damage is however far reaching. A lot of infrastructure like government buildings, schools, roads, water distribution, electricity have been damaged in various degrees.
At least 2500 houses were damaged and 700 collapsed.  This is only an intermediate report as the assessment is still going on.
No fatalities reported (which will probably will be final).
The most affected county (and city) is Eryuan, a county with a population of 330,000.

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UPDATE 06:47 UTC:- There have been at least 20 injured, 700 rooms collapsed and 1800 rooms damaged so far in Yunnan. More damage is expected to be counted given the dense population of the area.

UPDATE:- The CENC has stated that it had a magnitude of 5.5 and was 9km in depth. The Yunnan Province Seismological Bureau has started grade IV emergency response which means they are expecting major damage.

This earthquake has likely caused some damage in Dali and Shimen in Yunnan Province of China.

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29km (18mi) E of Shimen, China
51km (32mi) WNW of Dali, China
116km (72mi) SSW of Dayan, China
209km (130mi) WSW of Dadukou, China


Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-03-03 13:41:19

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-03-03 05:41:19

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 9 km

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