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Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - 114 km west of Chamdo, Tibet, China, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 6:39 pm (GMT +8) -

Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - 114 km west of Chamdo, Tibet, China, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 6:39 pm (GMT +8) Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - 114 km west of Chamdo, Tibet, China, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 6:39 pm (GMT +8)

Strong magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 10 km depth

17 Mar 10:49 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 10 minutes.
17 Mar 11:00: Now using data updates from USGS
Update Fri, 17 Mar 2023, 10:57

Significant magnitude 5.0 earthquake 99 km southwest of Chamdo, China

5.0 quake 17 Mar 6:39 pm (GMT +8)
5.0 quake 17 Mar 6:39 pm (GMT +8)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 occurred only 17 minutes ago 99 km southwest of Chamdo, China, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Chamdo, Tibet, China, early evening on Friday, March 17th, 2023, at 6:39 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.
A second report was later issued by France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS), which listed it as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the China Earthquake Networks Center (CEIC) at magnitude 4.8, the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 5.0, and India's National Center for Seismology (NCS) at magnitude 4.8.
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 Chamdo (pop. 86,300) located 99 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 details

Date & timeMar 17, 2023 10:39:39 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Mar 17, 2023 at 6:39 pm (GMT +8)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude30.7834°N / 96.0546°E (Qamdo Shi, Tibet, China)
Antipode30.783°S / 83.945°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearby towns and cities114 km (71 mi) WSW of Chamdo (pop: 86,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
310 km (193 mi) NNE of Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh, India) (pop: 25,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
373 km (232 mi) N of Tinsukia (Assam, India) (pop: 89,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
384 km (239 mi) NNE of Dibrugarh (Assam, India) (pop: 122,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
388 km (241 mi) E of Nagqu Prefecture (pop: 30,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
438 km (272 mi) NNE of North Lakhimpur (Assam, India) (pop: 59,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
483 km (300 mi) NW of Shangri-La (Yunnan) (pop: 130,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
493 km (306 mi) ENE of Lhassa (pop: 118,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds 2.2°C (36 F), humidity: 41%, wind: 4 m/s (8 kts) from SW
Estimated seismic energy released2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 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.
5.110 km114 Km WSW of Qamdo, ChinaUSGS
4.810 kmChina: XizangNCS
5.110 kmChina: XizangRaspberryShake
4.810 kmChina: 西藏昌都市洛隆县CEIC
5.110 kmChina: Near XichangRENASS
5.210 kmChina: XizangGFZ
5.110 kmChina: XizangIRIS

User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

Date and timeMag
Mar 17, 2023 13:28
11 days ago

10 km
96 km SW of Chamdo, Tibet, ChinaMore

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