Major magnitude 7.1 earthquake - 54 km east of Xinyuan, Xinjiang, China, on Thursday, 9 Mar 1944 10:12 pm (GMT +0)

Major magnitude 7.1 earthquake - 54 km east of Xinyuan, Xinjiang, China, on Thursday, 9 Mar 1944 10:12 pm (GMT +0)

Major magnitude 7.1 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: 9 Mar 1944 22:12:58 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, 9 Mar 1944 10:12 pm (GMT +0)
Magnitude: 7.1
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 43.29°N / 83.892°E (Xinjiang, China)
Nearest volcano: Tianshan (143 km / 89 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
54 km (34 mi) ESE of Xinyuan (pop: 300,000) --> See nearby quakes!
192 km (119 mi) NNE of Kucha (pop: 68,100) --> See nearby quakes!
206 km (128 mi) WSW of Shihezi (pop: 572,800) --> See nearby quakes!
233 km (145 mi) ESE of Qapqal (pop: 160,000) --> See nearby quakes!
252 km (156 mi) NW of Korla (pop: 179,500) --> See nearby quakes!
257 km (160 mi) ESE of Huocheng (pop: 360,000) --> See nearby quakes!
267 km (166 mi) SSW of Karamay (pop: 260,000) --> See nearby quakes!
285 km (177 mi) SSW of Baijiantan (pop: 93,700) --> See nearby quakes!
286 km (178 mi) WSW of Changji (pop: 198,800) --> See nearby quakes!
304 km (189 mi) W of urumaci (pop: 3,029,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 1015 joules (783 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 6.7 x 105 tons of TNT or 42.1 atomic bombs!) More info
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7.110 kmnorthern Xinjiang, ChinaUSGS
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