Very strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake hits China’s Sichuan

– August 08, 2017

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS  as M6.5 hit border region between China’s Sichuan and Gansu provinces at 13:19 UTC (21:19 local time) on August 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth 10 km (6.2 miles). CENC China updated magnitude to 7.0 and depth to 20 km (12.4 miles). The quake comes 15 hours after a massive, rain-triggered landslide killed at least 24 people in Sichuan.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 36.7 km (22.8 miles) W of Yongle (population 0), 180.6 km (112.2 miles) NNW of Jiangyou (population 127 225), and 204.3 km (127 miles) WNW of Guangyuan (population 213 365), China.

There are about 519 187 people living within 100 km (62 miles). Close to 8 000 are living within 10 km (6.2 miles).

Some 7 000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking and 24 000 strong.

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