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Extremely dangerous M6.6 earthquake hit Xinjiang, China

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Earthquake with recorded magnitude of 6.6 hit northern Xinjiang, China on June 29, 2012 at 21:07 UTC. Epicenter was located 99 km (61 miles) S of Dushanzi, China (43.444°N, 84.725°E).. The Chinese seismological authorities reported a depth of 7 km at a magnitude of 6.6.  Recorded depth by USGS was 18 km (11.2 miles), EMSC is reporting magnitude 6.3 with depth of 10km.

The epicenter was located in the Xinjiang mountains. Nearest big city (at a safe distance): Xinjuan. 150,000 people are living in a 100 km radius.

Blackouts were reported in the greater epicenter area. People living in Urumqi reported heavy shaking that lasted 1 minute.

Houses in a 50 km area are mostly simple and made from Brick, rocks and adobe. Generally spoken Chinese houses have little resistance against earthquakes. New constructions however are build with a very high earthquake resistance.

Xinjiang seismological bureau is  organizing search and rescue teams to be dispatched to the epicenter area.

Until 23:00 UTC Chinese seismological services reported 7 M3+ aftershocks.

Note: Chart represents USGS data with magnitude 6.3. Chinese seismologists reported magnitude 6.6.

Magnitude 6.3
Date-Time
  • Friday, June 29, 2012 at 21:07:32 UTC
  • Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 05:07:32 AM at epicenter
Location 43.444°N, 84.725°E
Depth 18 km (11.2 miles)
Region NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA
Distances 99 km (61 miles) S of Dushanzi, China
141 km (87 miles) SW of Shihezi, China
218 km (135 miles) WSW of Changji, China
219 km (136 miles) NNW of Korla, China
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13 km (8.1 miles); depth +/- 2.8 km (1.7 miles)
Parameters NST=387, Nph=394, Dmin=416.3 km, Rmss=0.91 sec, Gp= 22°,
M-type=centroid moment magnitude (Mw), Version=9
Source
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usb000aue4

 

Shake map

Sources: Earthquake-reportUSGS, EMSC

Featured image: Landscape approx. 15 km from the epicenter – image courtesy 老何

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