Written by on . Last updated December 8th, 2023.

Just after midnight of Wednesday November 8th, 2023, a shallow Magnitude 4.8 aftershock hit under land 196 kilometer from Kashgar in China. Another nearby country is Kyrgyzstan.

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Earthquake Summary

The earthquake struck on land in China, 196 kilometer (122 mi) north-east of Kashgar in Xinjiang. The center of this earthquake had a very shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Nov 8, 2023 00:15 (Urumqi Time)
- Nov 7, 2023 18:15 Universal Time.
Location: 196 km NE of Kashgar, Xinjiang, China.
Coordinates 40°31'22"N 77°50'30"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 4.8
Detected by 62 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.075 .
Depth: 10 km (6 mi)
A very shallow depth.
Tsunami Risk: Tsunami very unlikely
While this was a shallow earthquake, it appears to have occurred under land with a magnitude not strong enough to cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake struck within proximity of multiple countries. China and Kyrgyzstan are both within 300km distance of its epicenter.

Located 126 kilometer (78 mi) northwest of the epicenter of this earthquake, Tumxuk (Xinjiang, China) is the nearest significant population center.

Multiple major population centers exist within 300km of the earthquake that struck today. Kashgar is located 196 km to the southwest. Aksu is located 218 km to the east-northeast. Tumxuk is located 126 km to the south-east.

The table below provides an overview of all places in proximity of today's earthquake.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
126 km (78 mi)
SE from epicenter
Tumxuk

Xinjiang, China.
185 km (115 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Naryn

Naryn, Kyrgyzstan.
186 km (116 mi)
WNW from epicenter
At-Bashi

Naryn, Kyrgyzstan.
187 km (116 mi)
S from epicenter
Dunbage

Xinjiang, China.
194 km (121 mi)
S from epicenter
Huangdi

Xinjiang, China.
196 km (122 mi)
SW from epicenter
Kashgar

Xinjiang, China.
203 km (126 mi)
N from epicenter
Kyzyl-Suu

Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
206 km (128 mi)
S from epicenter
Elixku

Xinjiang, China.
210 km (130 mi)
S from epicenter
Azhatebage

Xinjiang, China.
216 km (134 mi)
S from epicenter
Awati

Xinjiang, China.
217 km (135 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Kuoshi'airike

Xinjiang, China.
218 km (135 mi)
S from epicenter
Alamaiti

Xinjiang, China.
218 km (135 mi)
ENE from epicenter
Aksu

Xinjiang, China.
224 km (139 mi)
N from epicenter
Karakol

Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
226 km (140 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Tage'erqi

Xinjiang, China.
226 km (140 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Paikeqi

Xinjiang, China.
228 km (142 mi)
S from epicenter
Bage'awati

Xinjiang, China.
232 km (144 mi)
S from epicenter
Baishikante

Xinjiang, China.
233 km (145 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Yishikuli

Xinjiang, China.
236 km (147 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Mixia

Xinjiang, China.
240 km (149 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Gulebage

Xinjiang, China.
240 km (149 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Shache

Xinjiang, China.
243 km (151 mi)
S from epicenter
Arele

Xinjiang, China.
245 km (152 mi)
S from epicenter
Yigai'erqi

Xinjiang, China.
245 km (152 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Cholpon-Ata

Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
246 km (153 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Tuomuwusitang

Xinjiang, China.
248 km (154 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Wudalike

Xinjiang, China.
250 km (155 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Qarek

Xinjiang, China.
256 km (159 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Balykchy

Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
264 km (164 mi)
S from epicenter
Zepu

Xinjiang, China.
289 km (180 mi)
E from epicenter
Aral

Xinjiang, China.
295 km (183 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Kaqun

Xinjiang, China.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

This is likely an aftershock

This earthquake was an aftershock. A larger mag. 5.3 earthquake struck 11 km (7 mi) west in advance of this 4.8 earthquake around 5 mins earlier.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Main Shock M 5.3 Nov 8, 2023 00:09
(Urumqi Time)
-
Aftershock
This Earthquake
M 4.8 5 mins later
Nov 8, 2023 00:15 (Urumqi Time)
11 km (7 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 22 mins later
Nov 8, 2023 00:31 (Urumqi Time)
12 km (7 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 22 mins later
Nov 8, 2023 00:31 (Urumqi Time)
18 km (11 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.8 42 mins later
Nov 8, 2023 00:52 (Urumqi Time)
1.5 km (0.9 mi)
WNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 1 hr later
Nov 8, 2023 01:34 (Urumqi Time)
19 km (12 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 2 hrs later
Nov 8, 2023 01:46 (Urumqi Time)
2.8 km (1.7 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 2.9 2 hrs later
Nov 8, 2023 01:59 (Urumqi Time)
38 km (23 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 2.8 6 hrs later
Nov 8, 2023 05:54 (Urumqi Time)
60 km (37 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 17 hrs later
Nov 8, 2023 17:14 (Urumqi Time)
10 km (6 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.1 19 hrs later
Nov 8, 2023 19:04 (Urumqi Time)
52 km (32 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 21 hrs later
Nov 8, 2023 21:34 (Urumqi Time)
12 km (8 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 2.6 1 day later
Nov 9, 2023 05:03 (Urumqi Time)
48 km (30 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 2.5 1 day later
Nov 9, 2023 08:50 (Urumqi Time)
64 km (40 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.3 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 08:02 (Urumqi Time)
18 km (11 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Detected MAG2.5+ earthquakes within within 100km (62 mi), that occurred in the three days before and after the main shock.

More earthquakes coming?

Earthquakes can create aftershocks. These are generally at least 1 magnitude lower than any main shock, and as time passes the chance and strength of aftershocks decreases.

It's always adviced to be cautious of the risk of a larger shock following any significant earthquake, however this risk is fairly small. There is a roughly 94 percent change that no larger main shock will follow in the days following this earthquake.

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

Earthquakes like this happen often in the region

Earthquakes of this strength are very common in the region. In total, 39 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.8 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every 3 months.

Tsunami very unlikely

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

While MAG-6.5+ earthquakes may cause tsunami's, it appears that the epicenter of this earthquake hit under land. In addition, the reported depth is deeper than 100km, making the risk of a tsunami even less likely. However always stay cautious and monitor advice from local authorities.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake Not this earthquake.
This earthquake appears to have struck on land far from any coast.
Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 4.8. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 10 km (6 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 08/12/23 22:18 (). As more information on this earthquake becomes available this article will be updated. This article is automatically composed based on data originating from multiple sources.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000l9ej
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20231107_0000213
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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