Strong and very dangerous double earthquake in Changlin, Jilin / Nei-Mongol, China – Lots of damage

Last update: November 23, 2013 at 11:17 am by By

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Update 11:19 UTC : Jilin Military immediately launched an emergency mechanism and organized more than 300 active duty, reserve militia and police officers into the emergency disaster relief. Fog, snow and temperatures down to -10 C are adding the to damage.

Update 09:44 UTC : 310 rooms collapsed, 16000 were severely damaged and  20000 with minor damage. No injuries or fatalities has been reported so far which is great as the strongest one happened during the nightly hours.

Update 09:24 UTC : The earthquake sequences are that damaging that a national disaster emergency response grade Ⅳ has been called !

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Update 01:31 UTC : The first reports from Songyuan City are mentioning some severely damaged houses in the epicenter area. The assessments from specialized teams (Chinese authorities are very experienced and quick rescue operations) are expected the coming hours.

Update 01:27 UTC : In China this earthquake is described as Songyuan City, Changchun, Jilin earthquake

Update 01:23 UTC : On the pictures below which are from the earthquake area (if the sources are right), one can see a) an aerial view of the landscape showing a lot of agriculture fields and suggesting a flat soft surface which is very vulnerable for earthquake waves. On other images (not shown) we have noticed oil pumps suggesting oil is being extracted in the area. We do NOT suggest however that the oil extraction has something to do with this earthquake.

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Update 01:16 UTC : The whole area is unstable since also a double earthquake did strike on October 31. the magnitudes at that time were reported as 5.5 and 5.0, versus 5.3, 5.8 and 5.0 today.

Update 01:11 UTC : Adding to the misery will be snow coming soon

Update 01:09 UTC : Xinhua China early reports mention :  The epicenter was located at the juncture of Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County and Qian’an county, where two quakes of similar magnitude occurred on Oct. 31 and left 12 people injured. “The earthquake lasted for about 3 seconds. I felt it was more severe than the last time, and my house was partly damaged,” Li Wei, a resident in Yingtu Village of Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County, told Xinhua over the phone.
Li said his fellow villagers ran out of their homes for fear that their houses would collapse.

Update 00:56 UTC : The Chinese seismological Agency reports a Magnitude of 5.8 at a depth of only 9 km = very dangerous and collapsed rooms /houses can be expected

Very dangerous double earthquake in the greater Changlin area, China. These twin earthquakes happened after a similar 5+ earthquake yesterday (local time – today UTC). Based on the USGS data, an intensity of MMI VII is expected. This MMI will lead to further damage at houses and infrastructure.
The earthquake was very shallow based on the same USGS data.

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  1. 34km (21mi) N of Changling, China
  2. 72km (45mi) ESE of Kaitong, China
  3. 90km (56mi) SW of Qianguo, China
  4. 93km (58mi) SW of Fuyu, China
  5. 632km (393mi) NNW of Pyongyang, North Korea

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-11-23 06:04:26

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-11-22 22:04:26

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Jilin, China Nov 22 22:32 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Northeastern China Nov 22 22:32 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Qian'an, China Nov 22 22:32 4.9 15 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Jilin, China Nov 22 22:04 5.4 2 MAP I Felt It
  • Harbin - November 23, 0650, 15th floor, Felt two events in the last 20 minutes which caused the building to sway for 10 seconds or so.
  • Harbin - Woke up because the Venetian Blinds were banging against the window. No damage of property
  • Changchun - November 23: 6:20 am duration about 9 seconds. - ER : This will be an aftershock
  • Changchun - Mit einem mal wackelte der Schreibtisch an dem ich saß. Dachte erst, das ich das selbst verursacht habe. Komisches Gefühl, aber nichts weiter passiert.
  • Harbin - 17th floor of a hotel at 6:08am woke us up, noise of the hotel shaking. Scary
  • North Area - Risse in Fassaden und Decken der Haeuser/Wohnungen.
  • Changchun - No property damage. It was Friday evening and we saw the curtains and the TV shaking vigorously. We heard the rumble.
  • Changchun - No damage. We heard the rumble, the TV shook, as well as the curtains. It lasted for about a second. Pretty scary!
  • Changchun - 2013-11-22 Woke up at 6:00am from swaying door and bed. Again at 6:23am.
  • USGS Changling, China Nov 22 22:04 5.5 12 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Northeastern China Nov 22 22:04 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Nei Mongol-jilin Bdr Reg, China Nov 22 08:18 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Northeastern China Nov 22 08:18 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Changchun - I came from lab and was sleeping, Suddenly my bed was shaking just like someone did, I wake up and grab my glasses, discovered everythinh in my room is just shaking...I take lift and came outside and writing this exp :)
  • Changchun - No damage. Glasses in cabinets rattled. Water in water dispenser shook . lasted no more than 5 seconds. i live on the 5th floor. You could feel the floor shake.
  • changchun - stuff in the room started shaking as earthquake lasted
  • USGS Qian'an, China Nov 22 08:18 4.9 15 MAP I Felt It


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    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
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    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
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    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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