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Deadly 7.0Mw Quake Strikes N. Qinghai, China

Posted by feww on April 14, 2010

Powerful Earthquake measuring up to 7.0Mw strikes Northern Qinghai, China

The earthquake  epicentered  at 33.271°N, 96.629°E striking 240 km (150 miles) NNW of Qamdo, Xizang (Tibet), at a depth of about 10km on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 23:49:37 UTC.

A foreshock measuring up to 5.3Mw preceded the mainshock, which was followed by at least 3 significant aftershocks, the largest of which measured up to 6.1Mw.

Death and Casualties

Initial news from the area puts the death toll from the quake at about 100. The death toll is expected to rise. There’s no reliable report concerning the number of injured, but hundreds of people may have been injured. many victims are still buried under the rubble.


Earthquake Location Map. Source: European-Mediterranean Seismological Center. Click image to enlarge

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude [USGS estimate]:  6.9
  • Date-Time:
    • Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 23:49:37 UTC
    • Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 07:49:37 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 33.271°N, 96.629°E
  • Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)
  • Region: SOUTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA
  • Distances:
    • 240 km (150 miles) NNW of Qamdo, Xizang (Tibet)
    • 375 km (235 miles) SSE of Golmud, Qinghai, China
    • 520 km (325 miles) SSE of Da Qaidam, Qinghai, China
    • 1905 km (1190 miles) WSW of BEIJING, Beijing, China
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID:  us2010vacp


Population Exposure Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Click image to enlarge.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. On June 15, 1982 (UTC), a magnitude 5.6 earthquake 338 km Southeast of this one struck China, with estimated population exposures of 1,000 at intensity VII and 2,000 at intensity VI, resulting in a reported 11 fatalities. USGS


Seismic Hazard Map of the Region.Source: USGS/EHP. Click image to enlarge.

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