Last Updated: Friday, March 29, 2013

China earthquake today: 70 houses damaged in Urumqi

-Following China News, earthquake in Urumqi county has damaged atleast 70 houses. Almost all houses are mud made (as seen in image aside; However no injury has been reported.
-Tremor lasted for 30 seconds or so.
-Following Urumqi Railway Bureau, Trains services were also halted for two hours.

There was moderate earthquake tremor in Northern Xinjiang, China today. Magnitude 5.6 earthquake was recorded by U.S. Geological Survey around 05:01 P.M. Tremor was well felt in populated areas of Urunchi and Changji.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake in China today was located 72 km WSW of Urunchi and Changji. It was 22.3 miles deep.

Following USGS PAGER MAP, light shaking of MMI IV will have felt by the people of  Wujiaqu, Urunchi, Changji, Ergong, Changshanzi and Anningqu. People of Tiechanggou, Shihezi, Yanqi, Ewirgol and Dushanzi.

Related post: List of natural disasters in China in 2013

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from China earthquake today.

China is frequently hit by earthquakes. China gives high priority to emergency preparedness policies, plans and practices. Deadliest earthquake of all time in China in 1556 claimed 8,20,000 lives.

05:01 UTC (local time Friday, March 29, 2013 at 01:01 PM @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
70 km (43 miles) SW of Diwopu, China
72 km (44 miles) WSW of Urunchi, China
72 km (44 miles) SSW of Changji, China
113 km (70 miles) SE of Shihezi, China

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 29, 2013