LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A China Earthquake 2015 today has struck as an aftershock of the Nepal earthquake. The China Earthquake today April 25, 2015 began moments ago. Damage assessment is pending.
USGS indicates to news that a 5.4 magnitude China Earthquake started just after 10:42 am PST. The quake was shallow. Reps tell news that it started only 2 miles below ground level. As a result the quake could be felt across the region. The quake was fourteen miles from Chongdui. It was fifty miles east of Banepa, Nepal. It was fifty-one miles north of Kanthamndu and fifty-three miles east of Patan.
China has been suffering a series of quakes later. But those have been centered in Russia, officials remind news. The most significant was the April 5 quake this month in Russia, felt in China. That quake began five miles north of Zarubino, Russia. The quake was seventeen miles southwest of Slavyanka, Russia and thirty-eight miles east of Aoji-ri, North Korea. USGS indicates to news that the April 5 quake also began thirty-nine miles east of Hunchun, China.
USGS tells news today that “Shallow crustal earthquakes also occur in this region near the Main Pamir Thrust and other active Quaternary faults. The Main Pamir Thrust, north of the Pamir Mountains, is an active shortening structure. The northern portion of the Main Pamir Thrust produces many shallow earthquakes, whereas its western and eastern borders display a combination of thrust and strike-slip mechanisms.” They add “On the 18 February 1911, the M7.4 Sarez earthquake ruptured in the Central Pamir Mountains, killing numerous people and triggering a landside, which blocked the Murghab River. Further north, the Tian Shan is a seismically active intra-continental mountain belt, which extends 2500 km in an ENE-WNW orientation north of the Tarim Basin. This belt is defined by numerous east-west trending thrust faults, creating a compressional basin and range landscape. It is generally thought that regional stresses associated with the collision of the India and Eurasia plates are responsible for faulting in the region. The region has had three major earthquakes (>M7.6) at the start of the 20th Century, including the 1902 Atushi earthquake, which killed an estimated 5,000 people.”