Saturday 13 August 2016

Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake in Northwest Xinjiang Province, China.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake at a depth of 3.6 km in the Tian Shan Mountains of northwestern Xinjiang Province, China, at about 2.00 am local time on Saturday 13 August 2016 (about 6.00 pm on Friday 12 August GMT). There are no reports of any damage or casualties associated with this event, but people have reported feeling it as far away as Almaty in Kazakhstan.

 The approximate location of the 13 August 2016 Tian Shan Earthquake. Google.

The Tian Shan Mountains stretch for 2500 km across Xinjiang, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The Tian Shan are part of the Himalayan Orogenic Belt, mountains in Central Asia pushed upwards by the collision of India and Asia. The Indian Plate is currently pushing into the Eurasian Plate from the south at a rate of 3 cm per year. Since both are continental plates, which do not subduct, the Eurasian Plate is folding and buckling, causing uplift in the Himalayas and other mountains of Central Asia. This is not a smooth process, the rocks will remain effectively stationary for log periods of time while pressure builds up, then give suddenly, releasing large amounts of energy in the form of Earthquakes.

Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. The international non-profit organization Earthquake Report is interested in hearing from people who may have felt this event; if you felt this quake then you can report it to Earthquake Report here.

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