Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Xinjiang-Xizang border region, China

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A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit the Xinjiang-Xizang border region, China at 21:05 UTC on June 25, 2020 (05:05 LT, June 26). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles).

The epicenter was located 279.2 km (173.1 miles) SE of Hotan and 378 km (234.3 miles) ESE of Zangguy, China.

There are about 9 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

1 000 people are estimated to have felt strong shaking and 3 000 moderate.

Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and yellow for economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties, but some damage is possible.

Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of China. Past events with this alert level have required a local or regional level response.

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

Selected cities exposed

Regional seismicity

Featured image credit: TW/SAM, Google

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