Major magnitude 6.6 earthquake – 139 km north of Xining, Qinghai, China, on Saturday January 8, 2022 at 1:45 am (GMT +8)

Major earthquake of magnitude 6.6 to 13 km deep

7 January 17:53 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
January 7 17:54: Magnitude recalculated from 6.3 to 6.4. Epicenter location corrected 5.7 km (3.5 mi) NE.
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8 January 16:46: Depth of the hypocenter recalculated from 10.0 to 13.0 km (from 6.2 to 8.1 mi). Epicenter location corrected 0.5 km (0.3 mi) towards NNE.

Updated Fri Jan 7, 2022, 6:00 PM

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes early in the morning 136 km northwest of Xining, China

6.5 earthquake January 8 01:45 (GMT +8)

6.5 earthquake January 8 01:45 (GMT +8)

A low magnitude 6.5 earthquake was reported early in the morning near Xining, Qinghai, China.
According to the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ), the earthquake struck on Saturday January 8, 2022 at 1:45 am local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deep ones because they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter and depth of the quake could be revised in the coming hours or minutes, as seismologists review the data and refine their calculations, or when other agencies release their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the National Seismic Surveillance Network (RéNaSS) of France which listed the earthquake at a magnitude of 6.4. A third agency, the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), reported the same magnitude 6.2 earthquake.
Based on preliminary seismic data, the quake was likely felt by many people in the epicenter area. It should not have caused any significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken glass, etc.
In Xining (767,500 inhabitants) located 136 km from the epicenter, the earthquake should have been felt as a slight tremor.
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Date and hour : January 7, 2022 05:45:30 PM UTC –
Local time at epicenter: Saturday January 8, 2022 01:45 (GMT +8)
Magnitude: 6.6
Depth: 13.0 km

Latitude / longitude of epicenter: 37.8152 ° N / 101.2775 ° E (Qinghai, China)
Antipode: 37.815 ° S / 78.723 ° W

Nearby towns and villages:
139 km (86 mi) NNW of Xining (pop: 767,500) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!

Weather at the epicenter at the time of the earthquake:
Clouds covered -14 ° C (7 F), humidity: 84%, wind: 0 m / s (1 kts) from WNW

Main data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)

Estimated energy released: 5×1014 joules (139 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.2 x 105 tons of TNT or 7.5 atomic bombs!) | on seismic energy

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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report the same earthquake and publish similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It normally takes up to a few hours for the earthquake parameters to be calculated with near optimum accuracy.

Mag. Depth Site Source
6.6 13 km 110 km on the southwest of Jinchang, China USGS
6.6 13 km Qinghai, China RaspberryShake
6.2 10 km China: Near Lanzhou RENASS
6.6 10 km Qinghai, China GFZ
6.7 10 km Qinghai, China GeoAu
6.4 0.8 km Qinghai, China [Land: China] INGV


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Aftershocks recorded, most recent first (2 earthquakes) (so far frequently updated)

January 8, 2022, 6:30 AM
16 hours ago


10 km

109 km on the southwest of Jinchang, China Following
January 7, 2022 6:09 PM
1 day 5 hours ago


10 km

135 km on the northwest of Xining, Qinghai, China Following

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