Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 10 km depth
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20 May 00:47: Now using data updates from GFZ
20 May 00:56: Now using data updates from USGS
Update Fri, 20 May 2022, 00:54Magnitude 4.5 earthquake strikes near Kandin, Garzê, Sichuan, China
4.5 quake 20 May 8:36 am (GMT +8)
A shallow magnitude 4.5 earthquake was reported in the morning near Kandin, Garzê, Sichuan, China.
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Friday, May 20th, 2022, at 8:36 am local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.8 earthquake. A third agency, the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake, reported the same quake at magnitude 4.5.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Kandin (pop. 100,000) located 64 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Linqiong (pop. 55,600) located 111 km from the epicenter.
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