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Major magnitude 6.6 earthquake - 139 km north of Xining, Qinghai, China, on Saturday, Jan 8, 2022 at 1:45 am (GMT +8) -

Major magnitude 6.6 earthquake - 139 km north of Xining, Qinghai, China, on Saturday, Jan 8, 2022 at 1:45 am (GMT +8) Major magnitude 6.6 earthquake - 139 km north of Xining, Qinghai, China, on Saturday, Jan 8, 2022 at 1:45 am (GMT +8)

Major magnitude 6.6 earthquake at 13 km depth

7 Jan 17:53 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
7 Jan 17:54: Magnitude recalculated from 6.3 to 6.4. Epicenter location corrected by 5.7 km (3.5 mi) towards NE.
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8 Jan 16:46: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 13.0 km (from 6.2 to 8.1 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 0.5 km (0.3 mi) towards NNE.
Update Fri, 7 Jan 2022, 18:00

Significant magnitude 6.5 quake hits 136 km northwest of Xining, China early morning

6.5 quake 8 Jan 1:45 am (GMT +8)
6.5 quake 8 Jan 1:45 am (GMT +8)
A shallow magnitude 6.5 earthquake was reported early morning near Xining, Qinghai, China.
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Saturday, January 8th, 2022, at 1:45 am local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) which listed the quake at magnitude 6.4. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 6.2.
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 Xining (pop. 767,500) located 136 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 7, 2022 17:45:30 UTC -
Local time at epicenterSaturday, Jan 8, 2022 at 1:45 am (GMT +8)
Depth13.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude37.8152°N / 101.2775°E (Qinghai, China)
Antipode37.815°S / 78.723°W
Shaking intensityVery strong shaking near epicenter
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearby towns and cities139 km (86 mi) NNW of Xining (Qinghai Sheng) (pop: 767,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds -14°C (7 F), humidity: 84%, wind: 0 m/s (1 kts) from WNW
Estimated seismic energy released5 x 1014 joules (139 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.2 x 105 tons of TNT or 7.5 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
6.613 km110 Km SW of Jinchang, ChinaUSGS
6.613 kmQinghai, ChinaRaspberryShake
6.210 kmChina: Near LanzhouRENASS
6.610 kmQinghai, ChinaGFZ
6.710 kmQinghai, ChinaGeoAu
6.40.8 kmQinghai, China [Land: China]INGV


Seismic station: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (ULN/IU network) | Distance from quake: 1212 km / 753 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Xi'an, Shaanxi (798.8 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (13 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Apr 23, 2022 14:07
33 weeks ago

10 km
Gansu, 128 km N of Xining, Qinghai, ChinaMore
Mar 21, 2022 09:05
37 weeks ago

10 km
43 km W of Wuwei, Gansu, ChinaMore
Mar 15, 2022 13:11
38 weeks ago

10 km
100 km SW of Jinchang, Gansu, ChinaMore
Mar 9, 2022 18:40
39 weeks ago

10 km
Gansu, 133 km N of Xining, Qinghai, ChinaMore
Mar 7, 2022 14:35
39 weeks ago

10 km
126 km N of Xining, Qinghai, ChinaMore
Jan 26, 2022 19:15
45 weeks ago

10 km
Northern Qinghai, ChinaMore
Jan 12, 2022 16:18
47 weeks ago

10 km
93 Km W of Wuwei, ChinaMore
Jan 12, 2022 13:01
47 weeks ago

10 km
101 Km WSW of Wuwei, ChinaMore
Jan 12, 2022 12:16
47 weeks ago

10 km
107 Km SW of Jinchang, ChinaMore
Jan 12, 2022 10:20
47 weeks ago

10 km
110 Km WSW of Wuwei, ChinaMore
Jan 11, 2022 21:06
47 weeks ago

10 km
111 Km SW of Jinchang, ChinaMore
Jan 8, 2022 06:30
48 weeks ago

10 km
109 Km SW of Jinchang, ChinaMore
Jan 7, 2022 18:09
48 weeks ago

10 km
135 km NW of Xining, Qinghai, ChinaMore

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