Earthquakes: China, Indonesia, Albania

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Earlier in January, two earthquakes struck near Indonesia, a 6.2 earthquake on 7 January and a 5.5 quake on 2 January, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Sulawesi, Indonesia on 19 January, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said, adding that the tremor took place about 116 kilometres (72 miles) southeast of Gorontalo at a depth of about 131 kilometres (81 miles).

However, US Geological Survey reported that the 6.0 quake occurred 59 kilometres (36 miles) southwest of Molibagu, Indonesia, at a depth of 118 kilometres (73 miles).

There have been no immediate reports about damages or casualties due to the earthquake and no tsunami threat has been issued.


Magnitude 4.5 earthquake strikes Northern Albania on January 19, 2020

Thunderous earthquake has violently shaken Kukes this Sunday.

According to the information at hand, this strong 4.4 magnitude earthquake had its epicenter at Barra village, 18 kilometers away from Kurbnesh and 15 kilometers north-west of Peshkopia.

Furthermore, this earthquake has caused for vibrations to be felt in North Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia, but no citizens are reported to have been injured or material damages to have been caused.

However, Central Albania was shaken by a 6.4 magnitude on November 26, 2019, where 51 citizens lost their lives, hundreds were injured, also hundreds dwellings were destroyed and damaged. The most affected cities were Durres, Thumana, Tirana, Lac, and Lezha.

Powerful earthquake hits China’s northwestern Xinjiang region

A strong earthquake struck China’s far west Xinjiang region Sunday night, the government earthquake agency said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The China Earthquake Networks Center reported that a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the region at 9:21 p.m. at a depth of 16 kilometres (10 miles). The quake’s epicentre was 56 kilometres (35 miles) from Peyzawat County and shaking was felt in the cities of Kashgar and Artux, the agency said.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake’s magnitude as 6.0 and its depth as 11 kilometres (7 miles). The reason for the discrepancy was not immediately clear.