Magnitude: 8.3M
Time: 12-16-1920 T12:05:54
Country: CHINA

CHINA:GANSUPROVINCE,SHANXIPROVINCE

This earthquake was recorded at a focal depth of 25km below the ground in China on 12-16-1920 T12:05:54, where it released a sizeable amount of seismic energy and reached a magnitude of 8.3 on the richter scale. Considering this quake occurred 25km under the surface, it is best classified as a deep geologic event. Earthquake intensity was also measured using the Mercalli intensity scale which quantifies the severity of shaking felt by the quake. On a scale of 1 (barely sensed) to 12 (completely devastating), this quake had an intensity of 12. An earthquake of this magnitude would likely be causing destruction to well-built wooden structures; most masonry and frame structures with foundations would be destroyed. Expect rails to be bent, bridges detroyed, and loss of life. Quakes can often be deadly, and this event occurred in a populated area claiming 200000 souls and destroying structures.
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Surface Geology

Underlying geological composition for the surrounding area.

East Qinling - porphyry copper
A linear belt of Jurassic and Cretaceous post subduction intrusive rocks in central China
Coastal Pacific - porphyry copper
An assemblage of Jurassic and Cretaceous postsubduction volcanic and intrusive rocks in eastern China and northern Vietnam
Qinling-Dabie - porphyry copper
Cambro-Ordovician island arc, Devonian continental-margin arc related to northward Paleo-Tethyan ocean subduction under North China, Qaidam, and Tarim Cratons, and Permo-Triassic rocks formed by collision of North China and Tarim cratons with Eurasia



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Earthquake Measurement
earthquake scale

Earthquake Stats
region_code 30
focal_depth 25
total_deaths 200000
intensity 12
total_deaths_description 4
year 1920
eq_mag_ms 8.6
eq_mag_mw 8.3
id 3165
location_name CHINA:GANSUPROVINCE,SHANXIPROVINCE
total_damage_description 4
damage_description 4
deaths 200000
eq_primary 8.3
time 12-16-1920 T12:05:54
latitude 36.601
total_damage_millions_dollars 25.000
longitude 105.317
country CHINA
deaths_description 4
damage_millions_dollars 25.000

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