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Mag. 4.6 earthquake - 8.5 km southwest of Karamay, Xinjiang, China, on Friday, May 7, 2021 09:05 pm (Shanghai time)

Mag. 4.6 earthquake - 8.5 km southwest of Karamay, Xinjiang, China, on Friday, May 7, 2021 09:05 pm (Shanghai time) Mag. 4.6 earthquake - 8.5 km southwest of Karamay, Xinjiang, China, on Friday, May 7, 2021 09:05 pm (Shanghai time)

Moderate magnitude 4.6 earthquake at 10 km depth

7 May 14:00 UTC: First to report: KNDC after 55 minutes.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 7, 2021 13:05:17 UTC
Local time at epicenterFriday, May 7, 2021 09:05 pm (Asia/Shanghai GMT +8)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude45.55°N / 84.79°E Karamay Shi, Xinjiang, China
Antipode45.55°S / 95.21°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceKNDC (Kazakhstan National Data Center)
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 25.5°C (78 F), humidity: 41%, wind: 17 m/s (32 kts) from NW
Estimated seismic energy released5 x 1011 joules (139 megawatt hours, equivalent to 120 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Nearby places

Distance Place Max. shaking intensity(*) Region Country
9 km (5 mi)
ENE of epicenter
(pop: 260,000)
31 km (20 mi)
ENE of epicenter
(pop: 93,700)
143 km (89 mi)
NE of epicenter
(pop: 22,000)
Very weak
170 km (106 mi)
SE of epicenter
(pop: 572,800)
Very weak
262 km (163 mi)
SE of epicenter
(pop: 198,800)
Very weak
266 km (165 mi)
SSW of epicenter
(pop: 300,000)
Very weak
295 km (184 mi)
SE of epicenter
(pop: 3,029,400)
Very weak
351 km (218 mi)
WSW of epicenter
(pop: 360,000)
Very weak
Ili Kazak Zizhizhou, Xinjiang
351 km (218 mi)
WSW of epicenter
(pop: 22,100)
Very weak
Ili Kazak Zizhizhou, Xinjiang
361 km (224 mi)
NE of epicenter
(pop: 139,300)
Very weak
(*) Shaking intensity according to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) and estimated using seismic models.

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Data for the same earthquake as reported by different agencies

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Mag Depth Time GMT Epicenter Agency
4.6 10 km (6.2 mi) (*) 2021-05-7 13:05:17 NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA KNDC (Kazakhstan National Data Center)
(*) A depth given as 10 km often means that the the depth of the quake could not determined with sufficient accuracy.


Seismic station: Makanchi, Kazakhstan (MAKZ/IU network) | Distance from quake: 258 km / 160 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Makanchi, Kazakhstan: 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. Bandpass filter applied: 0.2-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User-reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
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