Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - 146 km south of Zharkent, Panfilov District, Almaty Oblysy, Kazakhstan, on Monday, 1 December 2003 at 01:38 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - 146 km south of Zharkent, Panfilov District, Almaty Oblysy, Kazakhstan, on Monday, 1 December 2003 at 01:38 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: 1 Dec 2003 01:38:31 UTC
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 42.905°N / 80.515°E (Almaty Oblysy, Kazakhstan)
Nearest volcano: Tianshan (168 km / 104 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
62 km (39 mi) ESE of Koshkar (Raiymbek District) (pop: 311) --> See nearby quakes!
106 km (66 mi) E of Kegen (Raiymbek District) (pop: 9,990) --> See nearby quakes!
110 km (68 mi) SSW of Qapqal (Xinjiang, China) (pop: 160,000) --> See nearby quakes!
131 km (81 mi) SSW of Huocheng (Xinjiang, China) (pop: 360,000) --> See nearby quakes!
146 km (91 mi) SSE of Zharkent (Panfilov District) (pop: 34,400) --> See nearby quakes!
254 km (158 mi) E of Esik (Enbekshikazakh District) (pop: 33,000) --> See nearby quakes!
270 km (168 mi) E of Talghar (pop: 42,200) --> See nearby quakes!
283 km (176 mi) S of Sarkand (pop: 76,900) --> See nearby quakes!
291 km (181 mi) SE of Taldykorgan (pop: 116,600) --> See nearby quakes!
294 km (183 mi) E of Almaty (pop: 2,000,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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6.010 kmKazakhstan-Xinjiang border regionUSGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
  • 01 Dec 2003 10:28 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    9 km (6 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Dec 2003 02:06 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    15 km (9 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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