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