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An earthquake measuring 5,5 on the Richter scale hit northwest China’s Qinghai province this early morning at 5:56. There was no immediate report of casualties.The epicentre of the quake was in the Mongolian-Tibetan district of Haixi, about 716 km west of the provincial capital Xining. At about 7:15 this morning the quake was also clearly felt in Xi'an.

Almost exactly a year ago, on 10. November 2008, the same area in Qinghai suffered an earth quake of 6.3 on the Richter scale.

According to USGS (U.S. Geological Survey’s), the epicenter was detected at 37.684°N, 95.756°E and had a depth of 10 km. It is believed that this relatively "light" earth quake is the predecessor of a far more heavier one to come.

The epicentre in Qinghai is approx. 1200 km away from Xi'an City.

On May 12 2008, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China’s Sichuan province, leaving more than 80,000 dead or missing. It was the deadliest to hit China since the 1976 Tangshan earthquake.

Location (A=Epicentre, B=Xi'an)

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0 #2 ND 2009-11-10 22:29
Thanks a lot Cam for this info. According to our research the epicentre was in Qinghai. Gaoling and Xi'an were affected by it. There is a big one expected, according to scientists in Xi'an. Let's hope they are wrong. The earth quake last year was enough for all of us....:-)
0 #1 Peter 2009-11-10 21:43
there was also a quake measuring 4.4 that hit Gaoling County (25km close to Xi'an) at 7:31am.

Info taken from Shaanxi TV and machine translated by

Reuters: According to the western province An earthquake measuring, Beijing time at 7:31 on November 5, 2009 Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, districts, Gaoling County at the junction (N34.4 E109.1) occurred 4.4 earthquake focal depth of 6 1000 m, the epicenter 25 kilometers away from Xi'an, Xi'an, People have obviously felt. 暂无财产损失和人员伤亡报告。 No property damage and personnel casualties were reported.

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