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Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - 74 km west of Myitkyina, Myitkyinā District, Kachin State, Myanmar (Burma), on Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 at 2:39 pm (GMT +6:30)

Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - 74 km west of Myitkyina, Myitkyinā District, Kachin State, Myanmar (Burma), on Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 at 2:39 pm (GMT +6:30) Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - 74 km west of Myitkyina, Myitkyinā District, Kachin State, Myanmar (Burma), on Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 at 2:39 pm (GMT +6:30)

Moderate magnitude 4.5 earthquake at 10 km depth

24 Dec 08:20 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 10 minutes.
Update Thu, 24 Dec 2020, 08:24

Light earthquake of magnitude 4.5 just reported 74 km northwest of Myitkyina, Myanmar (Burma)

4.5 quake 24 Dec 2:39 pm (GMT +6:30)
4.5 quake 24 Dec 2:39 pm (GMT +6:30)
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake near Myitkyina, Myitkyinā District, Kachin State, Myanmar (Burma), was reported only 14 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter early afternoon on Thursday 24 December 2020 at 2:09 pm local time. 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 the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.7.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Myitkyina (pop. 90,900) located 74 km from the epicenter, and Sarupathar (pop. 9,800) 76 km away.
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 & timeDec 24, 2020 08:09:49 UTC
Local time at epicenterThursday, Dec 24, 2020 at 2:39 pm (GMT +6:30)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude25.53°N / 96.68°E (Mohnyin District, Kachin State, Myanmar (Burma))
Antipode25.53°S / 83.32°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt2 reports
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearest volcanoTengchong (186 km / 116 mi)
Nearby towns and cities74 km (46 mi) WNW of Myitkyina (Kachin) (pop: 90,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
76 km (47 mi) S of Sarupathar (Myitkyina, Assam, India) (pop: 9,830) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
153 km (95 mi) NNW of Bhamo (Kachin) (pop: 47,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
203 km (126 mi) ESE of Tuensang (Nagaland, India) (pop: 33,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
254 km (158 mi) SSE of Tinsukia (Assam, India) (pop: 89,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
258 km (160 mi) E of Kohima (Nagaland, India) (pop: 92,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
280 km (174 mi) SE of Dibrugarh (Assam, India) (pop: 122,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
287 km (178 mi) ENE of Imphal (Manipur, India) (pop: 223,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
311 km (194 mi) NE of Mawlaik (Sagain) (pop: 44,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
646 km (401 mi) N of Nay Pyi Taw (pop: 925,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds 26.1°C (79 F), humidity: 42%, wind: 0 m/s (1 kts) from W
Estimated seismic energy released3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 tons of TNT) | 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.
4.510 km- 61 km S of Sarupathar, IndiaGFZ
4.910 kmMYANMAR, Myanmar (Burma)EMSC
4.910 km61 Km S of Sarupathar, India, Myanmar (Burma)USGS
4.710 km缅甸, Myanmar (Burma)CEIC
4.963 kmMyanmar, Myanmar (Burma)BMKG


Seismic station: Chiang Mai, Thailand (CHTO/IU network) | Distance from quake: 782 km / 486 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Chiang Mai, Thailand: 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 (2)

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Kamaing ,Kachin state (3.2 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : There are 4 quakes today from 2:39 to 10 pm. | One user found this interesting.  
Myitkyina, Kachin (72.5 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake : Tremor, clearly felt on the 5th floor of hotel building. Lasted 2 sec estimated  

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