Significant magnitude 5.3 quake hits 37 km southwest of Xunchang, China in the morning
Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 02:1902:19 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a magnitude 5.3 quake in China near Xunchang, Sichuan, only 16 minutes ago. The earthquake hit in the morning on Saturday 23 January 2021 at 9:59 am local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
5.3 quake 23 Jan 9:59 am (GMT +8)
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.4.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Xunchang (pop. 64,600) located 37 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Yibin (pop. 242,100) located 59 km from the epicenter, Zigong (pop. 690,000) 124 km away, Zhaotong (pop. 109,400) 126 km away, and Luocheng (pop. 73,600) 128 km away.
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Date & time: 23 Jan 2021 9:59 am (GMT +8) local time (23 Jan 2021 01:59 GMT)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 28.28°N / 104.39°E (Yunnan, China)
Primary data source: GFZ
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