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Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - 74 km east of Kandin, Garzê Zangzu Zizhizhou, Sichuan, China, on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 8:36 am (GMT +8) -

Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - 74 km east of Kandin, Garzê Zangzu Zizhizhou, Sichuan, China, on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 8:36 am (GMT +8) Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - 74 km east of Kandin, Garzê Zangzu Zizhizhou, Sichuan, China, on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 8:36 am (GMT +8)

Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 10 km depth

20 May 00:43 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 6 minutes.
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, 00:54
Magnitude 4.5 earthquake strikes near Kandin, Garzê, Sichuan, China
4.5 quake 20 May 8:36 am (GMT +8)
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.
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 data

Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 20, 2022 00:36:37 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, May 20, 2022 at 8:36 am (GMT +8)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude4.9
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude29.9289°N / 102.7237°E (Ya'an, Sichuan, China)
Antipode29.929°S / 77.276°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt9 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearby towns and cities74 km (46 mi) E of Kandin (pop: 100,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
89 km (55 mi) SW of Linqiong (pop: 55,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
108 km (67 mi) WNW of Leshan (Province de Sichuan) (pop: 154,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
140 km (87 mi) WNW of Luocheng (pop: 73,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
153 km (95 mi) WSW of Chengdu (pop: 13,568,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
166 km (103 mi) SW of Tianpeng (pop: 60,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
187 km (116 mi) W of Yanjiang (pop: 87,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
373 km (231 mi) W of Chongqing (pop: 7,457,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 16°C (61 F), humidity: 64%, wind: 1 m/s (3 kts) from SW
Estimated seismic energy released1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
4.910 kmNear Chengdu, Sichuan, ChinaUSGS
4.910 kmSichuan, ChinaRaspberryShake
4.910 kmWESTERN SICHUAN, CHINAEMSC
4.510 km74 Km E of Kangding, ChinaGFZ
5.122 kmSichuan, ChinaGeoAu

User reports for this quake (9)

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Chengdu (163 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : felt like some bump my bed a couple of times, lights in the ceiling slightly moving  
Chengdu (156.6 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Doors shaking, bed like a boat rocking back and forth. Dog gone nuts. Car alarms blaring  
Chengdu (150.4 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
Chengdu (155.4 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s : Sustained rolling and shaking  
Chengdu / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / very short
Chengdu City / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Chengdu / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / very short
Chengdu / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
Chengdu / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s : Just felt a slight tremor.  
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