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A shallow and significant M5.2 earthquake struck under land 45 kilometer from Yongning in China in the morning of Monday May 27th, 2024.

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Earthquake Summary

The earthquake struck on land in China, 45 kilometer (28 mi) north of Yongning in Yunnan. 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: May 27, 2024 11:07 (Shanghai Time)
- May 27, 2024 03:07 Universal Time.
Location: 45 km north of Yongning, Yunnan, China.
Coordinates 28°14'23"N 100°40'24"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.2
Detected by 8 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.11 .
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 may have been felt in China . Located 45 kilometer (28 mi) north of the epicenter of this earthquake, Yongning (Yunnan, China) is the nearest significant population center.

Multiple major population centers exist within 300km of the earthquake that struck today. Panzhihua is located 211 km to the south-southeast. Xichang is located 161 km to the east-southeast. Ya'an is located 298 km to the north-east.

An overview of nearby towns and cities is available in the overview below.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
45 km (28 mi)
S from epicenter
Yongning

Yunnan, China.
91 km (57 mi)
S from epicenter
Hongqiao

Yunnan, China.
96 km (60 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Daocheng

Jiangsu, China.
105 km (65 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Shangri-La

Yunnan, China.
110 km (68 mi)
S from epicenter
Daxing

Yunnan, China.
122 km (76 mi)
SSE from epicenter
Xinyingpan

Yunnan, China.
145 km (90 mi)
SW from epicenter
Judian

Yunnan, China.
155 km (96 mi)
S from epicenter
Zhanhe

Yunnan, China.
159 km (99 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Lijiang

Yunnan, China.
161 km (100 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Xichang

Sichuan, China.
163 km (101 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Huangshan

Yunnan, China.
166 km (103 mi)
S from epicenter
Sanchuan

Yunnan, China.
168 km (104 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Shigu

Yunnan, China.
177 km (110 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Jiuhe

Yunnan, China.
178 km (111 mi)
S from epicenter
Yongbei

Yunnan, China.
180 km (112 mi)
S from epicenter
Shunzhou

Yunnan, China.
190 km (118 mi)
SSE from epicenter
Zhongxin

Yunnan, China.
196 km (122 mi)
SSE from epicenter
Rongjiang

Yunnan, China.
197 km (122 mi)
SSE from epicenter
Shilongba

Yunnan, China.
198 km (123 mi)
S from epicenter
Chenghai

Yunnan, China.
203 km (126 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Jinhua

Yunnan, China.
206 km (128 mi)
S from epicenter
Renhe

Yunnan, China.
211 km (131 mi)
SSE from epicenter
Panzhihua

Sichuan, China.
215 km (134 mi)
S from epicenter
Qina

Yunnan, China.
224 km (139 mi)
S from epicenter
Taoyuan

Yunnan, China.
224 km (139 mi)
SW from epicenter
Shangpa

Yunnan, China.
232 km (144 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Kangding

Sichuan, China.
234 km (145 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Jinding

Yunnan, China.
247 km (153 mi)
S from epicenter
Pianjiao

Yunnan, China.
247 km (153 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Zibihu

Yunnan, China.
249 km (155 mi)
SW from epicenter
Yingpan

Yunnan, China.
253 km (157 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Yousuo

Yunnan, China.
271 km (168 mi)
S from epicenter
Jinniu

Yunnan, China.
278 km (173 mi)
S from epicenter
Wanqiao Zhen

Yunnan, China.
282 km (175 mi)
S from epicenter
Yinqiao Zhen

Yunnan, China.
284 km (176 mi)
S from epicenter
Haidong Zhen

Yunnan, China.
288 km (179 mi)
S from epicenter
Dali Old Town

Yunnan, China.
297 km (185 mi)
S from epicenter
Fengyi

Yunnan, China.
298 km (185 mi)
NE from epicenter
Ya'an

Sichuan, China.
299 km (186 mi)
S from epicenter
Dali

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

2 Aftershocks detected

After this earthquake struck, 2 smaller aftershocks occurred. Just 8 hrs after this main shock, an earthquake measuring MAG-4.8 was detected 27 km (17 mi) southwest of this earthquake.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.2 May 27, 2024 11:07
(Shanghai Time)
-
Aftershock M 4.7 5 hrs later
May 27, 2024 16:25 (Shanghai Time)
18 km (11 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.8 8 hrs later
May 27, 2024 18:37 (Shanghai Time)
27 km (17 mi)
SW 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.

In only six percent of cases, significant earthquakes are followed by a larger main shock, making the current earthquake a foreshock. While the chance of this happening is not so large, it is adviced to maintain cautiousness in the hours and days following a major earthquake.

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

Earthquakes like this are common in the region

Earthquakes of this strength occur quite regularly in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since January 25th, 2023, when a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit 210 km (130 mi) further north-east. An even stronger magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck on September 5th, 2022.

In total, 10 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.2 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 year.

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 5.2. 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 13/06/24 01:38 (). This article is automatically generated based on available data. We keep checking multiple sources for additional information. This article gets updated as new details on this earthquake become available.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us6000n177
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240527_0000042
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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