BREAKING NEWS: Massively Powerful 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Central China

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BREAKING NEWS: Massively Powerful 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Central China

Massively Powerful 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Qinghai in China.

A massively powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Qinghai in China following a 6.4 magnitude in Yunnan earlier today, according to Chinese state media. In total, four earthquakes over 5.0- in magnitude on the Richter scale hit Yangbi between 9 pm to 11 pm (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. The quake was not too far away from the most powerful ever recorded, see video below, courtesy @Mackqu.

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At least one person has been killed and eight other sustained injuries following the series of earthquakes that severely jolted Yangbi Yi Autonomous County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province on Friday, May 21, local authorities said.


One person was killed by falling rocks and people were seen running outdoors after the quake struck. said Zhang Shiwei, Party chief of Yangbi. Three people were injured by falling tiles, and four were buried in a road collapse, among whom three have been rescued, Xinhua reported. Rescue forces have been dispatched to the quake zone, and rescue operations are underway- more fatalities and injured are expected.

What is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded?

The world’s largest earthquake with an instrumentally documented magnitude occurred on May 22, 1960 near Valdivia, in southern Chile. It was assigned a magnitude of 9.5 by the United States Geological Survey. It is referred to as the “Great Chilean Earthquake” and the “1960 Valdivia Earthquake.”The United States Geological Survey reports this event as the “largest earthquake of the 20th Century.” Other earthquakes in recorded history may have been larger; however, this is the largest earthquake that has occurred since accurate estimates of magnitude became possible in the early 1900s.

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  1. ‘The earthquake was not too far away from the most powerful ever recorded.’

    Not true, because the writer might not understand Richter cake Magnitudes correctly. This was recorded as a Magnitude 7.3 earthquake, and the most powerful was 9.5. Magnitude 9.5 is about 160 times as powerful as this one.

    To explain: The Richter scale is logarithmic, with a tenfold difference for every unit. Therefore an increase of only 0.3 is approximately a doubling in power, 0.6 is roughly a quadrupling, 0.9 multiplies power by about 8, and 1.0 is a tenfold increase. From these figures, you can work out the differences for each step of plus or minus 0.1 in Magnitude.

    So, for comparison, the much-reported Magnitude 5.3 earthquake, which happened in Central England a few years ago, was about 1% of the power of the M 7.3 event in China a few days ago, and 1/160,000th of the power of the strongest earthquake ever measured.

    A great earthquake is truly terrifying in power.

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