Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake - 66 km west of Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, on Friday, August 23, 1985 at 12:41 (GMT)

Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake - 66 km west of Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, on Friday, August 23, 1985 at 12:41 (GMT)

Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake at 7 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Aug 23, 1985 12:41:56 UTC
Magnitude: 7
Depth: 6.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 39.431°N / 75.224°E (Xinjiang, China)
Antipode: 39.431°S / 104.776°W
Nearby towns and cities:
66 km (41 mi) W of Kashgar (pop: 274,700) --> See nearby quakes!
199 km (124 mi) SSW of At-Bashi (Naryn, Kyrgyzstan) (pop: 15,200) --> See nearby quakes!
208 km (129 mi) WNW of Shache (pop: 82,500) --> See nearby quakes!
221 km (137 mi) SE of Uzgen (Kyrgyzstan) (pop: 40,400) --> See nearby quakes!
231 km (144 mi) SSW of Naryn (Kyrgyzstan) (pop: 52,300) --> See nearby quakes!
240 km (149 mi) ESE of Osh (Kyrgyzstan) (pop: 200,000) --> See nearby quakes!
252 km (157 mi) SE of Jalal-Abad (Kyrgyzstan) (pop: 75,700) --> See nearby quakes!
287 km (179 mi) ESE of Andijan (Andijon, Uzbekistan) (pop: 318,400) --> See nearby quakes!
288 km (179 mi) ESE of Assake (Andijon, Uzbekistan) (pop: 56,700) --> See nearby quakes!
386 km (240 mi) S of Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) (pop: 900,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1015 joules (554 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 4.8 x 105 tons of TNT or 29.8 atomic bombs!) More info
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
7.06.8 kmsouthern Xinjiang, ChinaUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (11 quakes)

  • 08 Jun 1987 13:30 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    63 km (39 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Apr 1987 05:17 UTC
    | M 5.7 |
    8 km (5 mi) depth
    |
    67 km (41 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 Jan 1986 09:28 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    17.7 km (11 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Oct 1985 23:53 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    24 km (15 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Oct 1985 19:30 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    53 km (33 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Sep 1985 13:21 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    51 km (32 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Sep 1985 21:08 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    17.6 km (10.9 mi) depth
    |
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Sep 1985 20:45 UTC
    | M 6.2 |
    15.3 km (9.5 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | USGS | Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 52 km west of Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, on Wednesday, September 11, 1985 at 20:45 (GMT)
  • 29 Aug 1985 23:39 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    17.2 km (10.7 mi) depth
    |
    20 km (12 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Aug 1985 18:23 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 Aug 1985 12:54 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    28 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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