2009 Xinjiang earthquake
|Date||25 January 2009|
|Depth||10 kilometres (6.2 mi)|
|Total damage||$US 3.1 million|
The epicenter was at 43.3 degrees north latitude and 80.9 degrees east longitude at a depth of 10 km according to the China Earthquake Administration. The quake occurred 700 km from the regional capital Urumqi.
The quake measured 5.0 on the Richter scale on Sunday. It has affected more than 4,500 people and caused house collapses and damages. In total, 4,549 people in the Xibe Autonomous County of Qapqal and Zhaosu County were affected. They have been relocated to schools, government buildings and tents, said a regional civil affairs department official. No casualties have been reported so far.
According to the Chinese zodiac the Xinjiang earthquake occurred on the last day of the year of the Rat. Previously the year of the Rat was known as a negative year for China including the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, 2008 Tibetan unrest, 2008 milk scandal and many more events.