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Besotted by Beijing

Posted by feww on April 14, 2014


Another major air poisoning episode underway in Beijing

China Cognitive Dissonance: Pollution is deadly; pollution is necessary to promote a “better” lifestyle!

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Beijing AQI. Near real-time Air Quality Index. Source:

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Moderate Earthquake, Massive Damage, Yunnan, China

Posted by feww on November 4, 2009

Quake measuring 5 on Richter scale rocked Western Yunnan, destroying about 600 houses and damaging up to 18,000 others

The earthquake occurred in western Yunnan about 85 km (55 miles) NE of Dali at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles) early Monday local time.

The tremor has affected 302,000 people, with 31 injured and 61,000 relocated, but no deaths were reported so far, China’s official news agency Xinhua said. “The quake flattened 579 houses and damaged another 17,400.”

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs has sent tents, war clothing, and rice to the victims, Xinhua added.

According to other reports, about 400 livestock, including pigs, sheep and chicken had been killed in the quake.

10-degree Map Centered at 25°N,100°E

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 4.9 Mw
  • Date-Time: Sunday, November 01, 2009 at 21:07:23 UTC    [Monday, November 02, 2009 at 05:07:23 AM at epicenter]
  • Location: 25.919°N, 100.748°E
  • Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles)
  • Region: YUNNAN, CHINA
  • Distances:
    • 85 km (55 miles) NE of Dali, Yunnan, China
    • 120 km (75 miles) SW of Panzhihua (Dukou), Sichuan, China
    • 700 km (435 miles) SW of Chongqing, Chongqing, China
    • 2130 km (1320 miles) SW of BEIJING, Beijing, China
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 10.7 km (6.6 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID:  us2009nla2

Seismic Hazard Map

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Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green

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No End Seen to China Quake Aftershocks

Posted by feww on May 16, 2008

Another major earthquake in the making?

China Earthquake: Large Cluster of Powerful Shocks!

  • Mainshock: 7.9 Magnitude – Monday, May 12, 2008 at 02:28:01 [time at epicenter]
  • Latest aftershock: 5.5 Magnitude – Friday, May 16, 2008 at 01:25:48 PM [time at epicenter]
  • Total number of major aftershocks: 59 [and continuing]

The last 4 aftershocks have strengthened in magnitude from 4.3 to 5.5 Mw. Is there another major shock in the making?

This map shows the predicted (theoretical) travel times, in minutes, of the compressional (P) wave from the earthquake location to points around the globe. The heavy black lines shown are the approximate distances to the P-wave shadow zone (103 to 140 degrees). (Caption: USGS)

Shadow zone

The shadow zone is the area of the earth from angular distances of 104 to 140 degrees from a given earthquake that does not receive any direct P waves. The shadow zone results from S waves being stopped entirely by the liquid core and P waves being bent (refracted) by the liquid core.

Did you know?

Through measuring how P and S waves travel through the earth and out the other side, a seismic wave shadow zone was discovered in about 1910. From the lack of S waves and a great slowing of the P wave velocity (by about 40%) it was deduced that the outer core is made of liquid. The shadow zone also defined the diameter of the core.

[If the outer core was not made of liquid, Earth could probably breakup into several pieces as a result of a v. large earthquake! FEWW]

Text and image: USGS.

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2008 Beijing Olympics

Posted by feww on March 2, 2008

Will the 2008 Olympics trigger the last phase of Beijing Collapse?

Fu Ying, China’s Ambassador to the UK [Toast at CBBC Cocktail Reception, Marsh’s Office – 2008-1-8 )

It will probably be one of the largest in the world. The figures I hear are daunting: Beijing is expecting over 5 million visitors . . .

Other Participants

Athletes and officials: 17,000
Journalists: 30,000
Volunteers: 100,000

Other Information

“Local” Impact
Duration of games: 16 days (8-24 August 2008 )
Visitors water consumption: 8-10Gl (gigaliters)
Drinking water: 0.5Gl
Food: 120million kg
Waste produced (municipal and industrial) : 10billion kg
Additional stress exerted on the sinking ground: 478Pa (nominal stress on an area of 225km²)

Beijing: Heavy air pollution has resulted in widespread smog. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Global Impact

Number of visitors: 5,000,000 (see the above statement by Fu Ying, China’s Ambassador to the UK)
Total amount of fuel consumed (Traveling to and from Beijing): 687 million liters
CO2 produced: 1.5mmt (million metric tons of CO2)

Can the world afford the Olympics? Isn’t it time the Olympics were relegated to the dustbin of History?

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