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Million People Affected after Earthquakes Hit NE China

Posted by feww on November 23, 2013

45,000 People lose their homes after a swarm of earthquakes strikes China

The quakes have affected more than 260,000 families, or at least one million people, in 125 villages across two counties in NE China’s Jilin Province, leaving more than 45,000 people displaced, and causing direct economic losses of 2 billion yuan ($328 million), said Xinhua.

A significant quake measuring 5.8Mw, centered at 44.6ºN, 124.1ºE, struck at a depth of about 9km at 6:04am Beijing Time, said China Earthquake Networks Center.

A significant aftershock measuring 5.0Mw struck close to the epicenter at a depth of about 8km some 28 minutes later. The quakes were followed by a swarm of at least 280 smaller aftershocks.

There were no reports of casualties available, as of posting (November 23, 2013 at 14:50UTC).

“All schools and kindergartens in Songyuan City have been suspended due to the quakes. Education authorities in Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County have asked schools in the region to close for the following one to two weeks,” reported Xinhua.

The latest shocks followed another shallow quake measuring 5.3Mw, centered at 44.7ºN, 124.1ºE,  which struck at a depth of about 8km, shaking the city of Songyuan in northeast China’s Jilin Province on Friday at 4:18 p.m. , the EQ Center said.

Earthquake Location Map (44.7ºN, 124.1ºE). Source: GEOFON Extended Virtual Network (GEVN)

“The earthquake lasted for about 3 seconds. I felt it was more severe than the last time, and my house was partly damaged,” a resident in Yingtu Village of Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County, told Xinhua.

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ORIGINAL CAPTION: A house is damaged at quake-hit Yingtu Village of the Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County, Songyuan City, northeast China’s Jilin Province, Nov. 23, 2013. From Friday afternoon to Saturday morning, three earthquakes measuring above 5 magnitude were reported in the Qian Gorlos or the border area between Qian Gorlos and Qian’an county in Songyuan City. (Xinhua/Zhang Nan). More images…

More updates to follow…

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Earthquakes Destroy or Damage Thousands of Homes in NE China

Posted by feww on November 1, 2013

Quakes injure a dozen people, but cause much devastation in Jilin Province, NE China

Two moderate earthquakes, measuring magnitudes 5.5 and 5.0 respectively, struck Songyuan City in NE China’s Jillin Province Thursday morning local time, destroying at least 55 homes and damaging more than 4,100 others, said a report.

The larger of the two quakes was centered at 44.6ºN, 124.2ºE, according to the country’s Earthquake Networks Center.

Local officials have relocated more than 14,400 residents in Chaganhua Town, the report said.

“Telecommunications have been cut off in Dongbaiyinhua Village, located at the quake’s epicenter, according to an officer from Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County.”

The cost of damage and associated economic losses have been estimated at about 130 million yuan ($21.33 million).

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Original Caption: Rescuers set up tents at a temporary shelter in quake-hit Qian’an County of Songyuan City, northeast China’s Jilin Province, Nov. 1, 2013. Two earthquakes, 5.5-magnitude and 5.0-magnitude respectively, jolted Songyuan City of Jilin Province Thursday morning, leaving at least 12 people injured and many houses damaged. The Jilin provincial government has allotted 10 million yuan (about 1.6 million U.S. dollars) in disaster relief funds to the quake-hit region. Relief teams have also been sent there. A shipment of 1,100 tents, 1,000 quilts and 100 folding beds has been sent to the area. Bottled water, bread and instant noodles are being given out to quake victims.(Xinhua/Zhang Nan). More images…

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 21 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 21, 2013

UPDATE [April 21, 2013 @ 07:00UTC] :  More than 200 dead or missing up to 12,000 injured.

China Quake official death toll climbs to 179, many thousands injured

Search and recovery teams continued to dig bodies out of rubble Sunday as the official death toll from Saturday’s devastating earthquake climbed to 179 with as many as 7,000 people injured and tens of thousands of people made homeless in SW China’s Sichuan Province.

  • “In Baoxing, a county isolated by the 7.0-magnitude quake, 26 people were confirmed dead and about 2,500 were injured, county head Ma Jun told Xinhua.
  • “He said the quake damaged almost every home in Baoxing, with a population of 58,000, including newly-built homes after the devastating quake of 2008.”
  • The Longmen township located close to the quake epicenter has been almost entirely leveled.
  • Most of the deaths were concentrated in Lushan; however, more than 90 survivors were pulled out of rubble in the county.

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Rescuers head for Baosheng Township in the quake-hit Lushan County, Ya’an City, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, April 20, 2013. Roads connected to townships like Baosheng and Taiping in Lushan were damaged or blocked by landslides due to a 7.0-magnitude earthquake which occurred on Saturday.(Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing). More images…


Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

US Flood Update
“The recent torrent of rainfall in the Midwest has sent river levels rising across the region. Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan have been hardest hit states. Some river levels will approach and even break records. Numerous flood warnings are in effect [across parts of at least 16 states.]” —NWS

  • Thousands of homes have been flooded in the Midwest.
  • More than 2,000 people have been evacuated from Illinois towns of Marseilles and London Mills.
  • The raging Des Plaines River has inundated the town of Forest View, flooding 90 percent of the community and prompting a massive evacuation of at least 700 people [families?]
  • Plaza Towers hotel and apartments in Grand Rapids has been evacuated due to flooding of the Grand River.
  • A mandatory flood evacuation order has been issued for the residents of  Spring Bay and portions of Creve Coeur, Illinois.

April 2013 Record River Crests

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Preliminary record crests for rivers that have crested in northern Illinois. Source: NWS, Chicago

Latest Disaster and Emergency Declarations

  • Iowa Gov. Bransted has issued a disaster declaration for five eastern counties:  Cedar, Johnson, Mahaska, Scott and Washington.
  • Illinois Gov. Quinn has declared 38 counties disaster areas.
    • “Illinois has seen an incredible level of devastation and reports indicate that conditions will get worse in the coming days. ” Quinn said.
  • Governor Nixon has declared a state of emergency in response to heavy rain and flash flooding in much of the state


SoCal fire forces mass evacuation in Monrovia

“Residents of about 200 homes in Monrovia have been forced to evacuate after a brush fire erupted in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills east of Los Angeles,” said a report.

The blaze has scorched more than 170 acres and was 10 percent contained, as of posting. 


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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 20 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 20, 2013

UPDATE 6: Powerful Earthquake Kills up to 200, injures many thousands in China

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county  of Ya’an city in southwest China’s Sichuan Province at 8:02 a.m. Saturday  Beijing Time [00:02 UTC,] killing about 200 people and injuring  many thousands more.

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Displaced residents rest next to ruins of houses after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Longmen Township, Lushan County, Ya’an City of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, April 20, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoli). More images …



Missouri declares a state of emergency after rainstorm triggers worst flooding in century

Governor Nixon has declared a state of emergency in response to heavy rain and flash flooding in much of the state.

Many portions of NE Missouri received up to 5 inches of rain this week, causing streams and rivers to rise above flood stage, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.

Several Missouri counties have independently declared states of  emergency issuing mandatory evacuation orders for hundreds of residents.


Indiana Pounded by Extreme Rain Events, Counties Declare States of Emergency

Several counties in Indiana, including Boone and Tipton counties, north of Indianapolis, has declared states of emergency since Friday.

  • NWS issued a flash flood warning for much of Indiana after most of the state received up to 5 inches of rain.
  • Emergency workers have rescued dozens of people from flooded homes using boats.
  • “Numerous homes are underwater or flooded, stranding homeowners and their families,” said Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Flooding reported along dozens of rivers across the Midwest.


Latest Disaster Declarations

  • Iowa Gov. Bransted has issued a disaster declaration for five eastern counties:  Cedar, Johnson, Mahaska, Scott and Washington.
  • Illinois Gov. Quinn has declared 38 counties disaster areas.
    • “Illinois has seen an incredible level of devastation and reports indicate that conditions will get worse in the coming days. ” Quinn said.


Lee County in Iowa Declares a State of Emergency amid Flooding

Lee County, Iowa, has declared a state of emergency due to recent heavy rains that have caused the Mississippi, Des Moines and Skunk rivers to begin rising and the expected flooding that will cause severe damage to public and private property, critical infrastructure, disruption of utility service, including but not limited to power generation, water and waste-water, and endangerment of health and safety of the citizens of Lee County within the disaster area.The Lee County Board of Supervisors have declared.

  • The Mississippi River’s level at Keokuk rose to 21.06 feet on Friday, more than 5 feet above the flood stage, and is expected to crest at 22.8 feet on Saturday, said a report.


Canada: Ontario Towns Declare States of Emergency

The towns of Bracebridge and Huntsville in Central Ontario, Canada have declared states of emergency, said a report.

  • Heavy rain in Bracebridge has damaged infrastructure and evacuations in low lying areas could follow, the report said.


China confirms 96 cases of H7N9 infections, 18 fatalities

Chinese health officials confirmed 5 new cases of human H7N9 avian influenza—one in Shanghai, one in Jiangsu and three in Zhejiang—raising the total number of reported cases to 96, with 18 fatalities, Xinhua reported.

  • “A total of 33 cases, including 11 that have ended in death, have been reported in Shanghai. Twenty-three cases, including three deaths, have been reported in Jiangsu Province, and 33 cases, including three deaths, in Zhejiang Province. Anhui Province has reported three cases, with one ending in death. Beijing has reported one case and three have been reported in Henan Province,” said the report.
  • At least 69 of the patients are receiving treatment in designated hospitals.

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Deadly Earthquake Hits SW China’s Sichuan Province

Posted by feww on April 20, 2013

UPDATE 5 [12:00 UTC] – 124 confirmed dead, 2,700 injured (350 severely), unknown number trapped

– UPDATE 4 [09:00 UTC] – 104 confirmed dead, 2,500+ injured (150 seriously), unknown number trapped, 32 survivors out of rubble

A military vehicle carrying 17 soldiers to the quake-hit area in  Sichuan plunged 20 meters off a cliff on Saturday, killing at least one soldier and injuring 7 others, a report quoting military sources said.

– UPDATE 3 [08:00 UTC] – 78 confirmed dead, 2,200 injured, unknown number trapped

– UPDATE 2 [05:00 UTC] – 46 confirmed dead, 600 injured, unknown number trapped

– UPDATE 1 [04:00UTC] – Sichuan quake kills at least 80, injures about 500, unknown number trapped

Powerful Earthquake Kills at least 5, injures more than 100 in China

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county  of Ya’an city in southwest China’s Sichuan Province at 8:02 a.m. Saturday  Beijing Time [00:02 UTC,] the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) reported.

  • The shallow quake occurred at a depth of 13km [centered at 30.284°N, 102.956°E, according to USGS] said the provincial seismological bureau.
  • The quake has killed at least 5 people and left more than 100 injured, reported the government of Lushan county, as of posting.
  • The quake was strongly felt  in Sichuan’s capital city of Chengdu,  about 140 kilometers from Ya’an, reportedly for as long as 20 seconds.
  • The quake was also felt in provinces of Guizhou, Gansu, Shaanxi and Yunnan, the report said.

The quake, registered as a 6.6Mw shock by USGS/EHP, was followed by several significant aftershocks.

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An aerial photo of some of the damage caused by the earthquake in Lushan county, Ya’an, Sichuan province, SW China April 20, 2013. (Credit: China Daily via Reuters).

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EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH

Sichuan EQ ShakeMap

“Red alert level for economic losses. Extensive damage is probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of China. Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response. Orange alert level for shaking-related fatalities. Significant casualties are likely.”  —USGS/EHP

The epicenter was close to that of the massive quake [2008 Sichuan earthquake, 31.021°N,103.367°E] that killed 70,000 people [figure quoted by Chinese government,] and left more than 5 million people homeless.

Sichuan is one of China’s four major natural-gas-producing provinces, and accounts for 14 percent of the country’s total output, said a report.

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1,057 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,057 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …


Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Deadly Earthquakes Destroy or Damage 20,000 Buildings in China

Posted by feww on September 7, 2012


[September 7, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,286 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…


Quakes rattle SW China killing dozens, injuring at least 150 and destroying or damaging 20,000 buildings

Earthquake cluster struck SW China’s Yunnan and Guizhou provinces causing many deaths, injuries and major damage to property, reports said.

The seismic pattern suggests a major earthquake could strike the region in the coming days – FIRE-EARTH Forecast

  • The largest quake in the cluster measured 5.7Mw, which was epicentered at 103.95°E,  27.53°N, striking at a depth of about 10km (@ 2012-09-07; 04:16:31.5 UTC), GEOFON Program reported.
  • The mainshock was followed by more than a dozen aftershocks, the largest of which measured 5.6Mw, as of posting.
  • “All the victims were from the city of Zhaotong, which administers Yiliang. Preliminary investigation showed that more than 20,000 houses were damaged or had collapsed in the quake, according to the official.” Xinhua reported.
  • “More than 100,000 people have been evacuated in Yunnan as of 3:10 p.m., said an official with the province’s civil affairs department.”

Related Links

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background


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Powerful Quake Strikes Vladivostok Region

Posted by feww on February 18, 2010

Earthquake measuring up to 7.0Mw strikes near China-Russia-North Korea border area

A powerful quake measuring up to magnitude 7.0 Struck  near China-Russia-North Korea border region (42.7ºN131.1ºE) on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 01:13UTC, at a depth of about 590 km.

The quake was felt as far east as the eastern coast of Honshu, east of Tokyo, Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported.

The event was the 12th earthquake measuring between 7.0 and 7.8 to strike the region since 1900, and the fourth such event since 1990, according to USGS earthquake data.

The quake epicenter appears to be located in sparsely populated Chinese territory. It too deep to cause any tsunami, or major damage to the nearest major cities of Vladivostok, Russia,  and Chongjin, North Korea. As of posting, there was no report of injuries as a result of this event.

Earthquake Location (USGS/EHP)

Political Map of China. Click images to enlarge.

Population Exposure:  Estimated Population Exposed to Earthquake Shaking (PDF)

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude as reported by USGS/EHP: 6.9 [Fire Earth estimate of the maximum magnitude: 7.0]
  • Date-Time: Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 01:13:18 UTC
  • Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 10:13:18 AM at epicenter
  • Location:  JMA (42.7ºN131.1ºE); USGS (42.581°N, 130.537°E)
  • Depth:  JMA (590km);  USGS (573.8 km or 356.6 miles)
  • Distances:
    • 90 km (55 miles) ESE of Yanji, Jilin, China
    • 100 km (60 miles) NNE of Chongjin, North Korea
    • 1110 km (690 miles) NW of TOKYO, Japan
    • 1215 km (760 miles) ENE of BEIJING, Beijing, China
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 4.4 km (2.7 miles); depth +/- 6.7 km (4.2 miles)
  • Source: JMA; USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • USGS Event ID: us2010swaf

Seismic Hazard Map (USGS/EHP)

Click image to enlarge.

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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

EQ Loc Map
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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Strong EQ Strikes Northern Qinghai, China

Posted by feww on August 28, 2009

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake shakes Northern Qinghai, China, followed by large aftershocks

Strong Earthquake measuring 6.2 Mw struck Northern Qinghai, China, about 35 km ESE of Da Qaidam, Qinghai, China, at a depth of 10 km, on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 01:52 UTC, USGS EHP reported.

The earthquake was followed by at least 4 large aftershocks at the time of writing, two of which measured 5.6 Mw.

Based on FEWW analysis, the earthquake may have been as powerful as a magnitude 6.9 shock, possibly larger, and probably misreported by USGS EHP.

China’s official news agency (Xinhua) reported the event as follows:

6.4-magnitude earthquake jolts NW China

XINING, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck the remote Qinghai Province in northwest China at 9:52 a.m. Friday, the China Earthquake Administration said, but no casualties have been reported.

A total of 128 aftershocks had been registered by 11 a.m. near the epicenter in the Da Qaidam (also known as Dachaidan) district in the Mongolian-Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Haixi, with the strongest measuring 5.3 magnitude that struck at 10:14, according to the Qinghai Provincial Seismological Network.

“So far, we have not received reports of casualties or house collapses,” the provincial government said in a statement.

“The governments of the province, the Haixi prefecture and Golmud City have sent staff to investigate,” it said.

The epicenter, at 37.6 degrees north and 95.8 east, was about 140 km away from Delingha City, the capital of the Haixi prefecture, and about 160 km away from Golmud, another major city in Haixi, according to the China Earthquake Administration.

The quake was strongly felt in both cities, the administration said.

The China Earthquake Administration, the National Disaster Reduction Committee and the Ministry of Civil Affairs have all sent staff to the quake-hit region for relief work.

Da Qaidam is a sparsely populated district with an average altitude of 4,000 meters and about 16,000 people, including Mongolians, Tibetans, Muslim Hui and Han. The district covers 34,000 square km and administers three townships.

Da Qaidam, which literally means “a big salt lake” in Mongolian, is rich in mineral resources, with one of the largest lead-zinc mines in western China and several coal mines. [Emphasis added by Moderator.]

On Nov. 10 last year, a 6.3-magnitude quake struck Da Qaidam but did not cause casualties. The quake only toppled several huts and caused cracks in the walls of some mud houses.

In April 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake hit the same region but did not cause casualties, either, and only damaged old buildings. Editor: Anne Tang – copyright the news agency.

FEWW strongly believes that this earthquake was triggered by human activity, especially the extensive mining operations in the region.

10-degree Map Centered at 40°N,95°E

Earthquake Location Map. Original map: USGS EHP. Image upgraded by FEWW.

  • Magnitude: 6.2
  • Date-Time: Friday, August 28, 2009 at 01:52:06 UTC
  • Location: 37.721°N, 95.684°E
  • Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)
  • Distances:
    • 35 km (20 miles) ESE of Da Qaidam, Qinghai, China
    • 165 km (100 miles) NNE of Golmud, Qinghai, China
    • 1815 km (1120 miles) W of BEIJING, Beijing, China
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 8.1 km (5.0 miles); depth fixed by location program
  • Parameters: NST= 79, Nph= 79, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=0.92 sec, Gp= 94°, M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2009kwaf

Historic Seismicity (Magnitude 7+ since 1900)

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

In November 2008, a mainshock measuring 6.3 Mw struck Da Qaidam area, followed by a swarm of aftershocks with the three largest shocks measuring 5.4, 5.2 and 5Mw.

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Yunnan Quake Injures 300

Posted by feww on July 10, 2009

A Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake in China’s SW Yunnan Province Injures 300

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake in China’s southwestern Yunnan province, which was initially reported as a magnitude 5.5 shock by USGS, has reportedly toppled 10,000 homes, injuring more than 300 people.

[Note: The number of toppled building may have been exaggerated for political reasons.]

The moderate-to-strong quake struck at 19:19:17  [time at epicenter] yesterday in Guantun, a small town about 100 km (60 miles) ENE of Dali, Yunnan, China. Eight aftershocks measuring 3 to 4.1 on the Richter scale followed the mainshock.

10-degree Map Centered at 25°N,100°E

Earthquake Location. (Source: USGS)

Seismic Hazard Map


Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green (Source: USGS)

Historic Seismicity

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Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green (Source: USGS)

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 5.7
  • Date-Time
    • Thursday, July 09, 2009 at 11:19:17 UTC
    • Thursday, July 09, 2009 at 07:19:17 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 25.619°N, 101.086°E
  • Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
  • Region: YUNNAN, CHINA
  • Distances:
    • 100 km (60 miles) ENE of Dali, Yunnan, China
    • 120 km (75 miles) SSW of Panzhihua (Dukou), Sichuan, China
    • 695 km (430 miles) SW of Chongqing, Chongqing, China
    • 2130 km (1320 miles) SW of BEIJING, Beijing, China
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 7.1 km (4.4 miles); depth fixed by location program
  • Parameters: NST= 89, Nph= 89, Dmin=975 km, Rmss=1.19 sec, Gp= 50°, M-type=centroid moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2009iwar

According to China’s official Xinhua News Agency:

The quake occurred at 7:19 p.m., at a depth of about 10 kilometers, with the epicenter in the county’s Guantun Township, about 200 km from the provincial city of Kunming, said the China Earthquake Networks Center.

More than 300 people were injured and more than 10,000 houses collapsed in a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that hit southwest China’s Yunnan Province Thursday evening, local authorities said.

Among the victims, 30 suffered severe injuries while the other 305 were slightly injured as of 1 a.m., said the quake-relief headquarters in Yao’an County, Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture.

The headquarters previously put the number of injuries at 336, among whom 56 were severely injured.

More than 10,000 houses collapsed and more than 30,000 others were damaged in six counties in Chuxiong, according to the latest figure.

Last year’s magnitude 7.9 quake struck China’s Sichuan province, northeast of yesterday’s quake, killing up to 90,000 people [many of the victims were schoolkids studying at shoddily-built schools when the disaster occurred,] and destroying as many as 5 million structures that left millions homeless.

For detailed reports and reference on Sichuan quake see links below.

Related Links:

FEWW Earthquake Links

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China Quake 1st Anniversary

Posted by feww on May 12, 2009

Incensed parents burn incense in memory of their dead children on the 1st Anniversary of China Quake

Tens of thousands of people mourn their relatives in the ruins of earthquake-hit Beichuan county, Sichuan Province, May 12, 2009.  REUTERS/Jason Lee. Image may be subject to copyright.

Wenchuan Earthquake Museum

Wenchuan Earthquake Museum has become the official shrine to the earthquake: “From the famous pig that survived under rubble for 36 days, to a water bottle used by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao as he toured devastated buildings and schools,” a year ago.

On display are anything from crushed cars to  smashed toys and abandoned school backpacks— legacies of the magnitude-7.9 earthquake that, a year ago today, killed as many as 90,000 people in China’s southwestern Schichuan province. What is missing however, samples of sub-standard still and building materials that accelerated the collapse of  so many schools in the province, killing thousands of children and infuriating parents who still blame shoddy government construction practices.

May 12 was a day of mourning. Mourners crowded ruins in southwest China on Tuesday to mark one year since an earthquake shattered the region, while President Hu Jintao called reconstruction efforts a testament to national strength.

China Quake One Year
In this photo taken on April 5, 2009, Zhou Lekang 43, holds a picture of his son Zhou Jingbo who was 16 when he was killed after his middle school collapsed in the May 12, 2008 earthquake in Dujiangyan, China. The death of so many children has touched a nerve nationwide, raising questions about official corruption, mismanagement, government responsibility _ the underside of fast-paced economic growth. The political sensitivity of the issue has spawned many instances of government attempts to intimidate the parents and activists fighting to get the truth out. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel). Image may be subject to copyright.

Many of the parents whose kids were killed when their  classrooms collapsed,  blame the inordinately large number of young casualties on the poor construction standards.

“For some survivors, the anniversary also drew bitter words about the government’s reluctance to openly investigate buildings that collapsed in the quake, especially schools that fell while nearby offices and apartments stayed intact.” Reuters said.

You don’t have to be an expert to compare the two types of building.

“Officials prevented any memorial gathering on the morning of the anniversary at Juyuan, a town where hundreds of children died in the local middle school, three parents told Reuters by phone.”

The  founder of Wenchuan Earthquake Museum, Mr Fan, said he was satisfied with the government’s response to the tragedy, and believe any investigation into the affair concerning the corruption would hurt the nation’s stability.

“We must leave problems like this for history to resolve,” Fan says.

“He Xiaogang, an engineering expert from Tsinghua University who was on a team of government investigators that visited quake sites, said the sheer power of the earthquake is to blame for the number of flattened schools.” AP reported

“We went to tens of thousands of schools, and almost all of them were up to national standards,” He said.

However, US experts who visited the quake site in August 2008 found that many of the school buildings had been unreinforced structures, the type that  had been outlawed in 1976 after a powerful  earthquake struck near Beijing.

“As would be expected, this type of building did not perform well in the earthquake, and there were many catastrophic collapses,” said the experts from the California based Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the Geo-Engineering Earthquake Reconnaissance Association in their report.

“The cement was of a low grade. The steel reinforcements were not only thin, but also appeared to have been bought from scrap markets,” said a parent who lost his 16-year-old son in the quake.

Unsurprisingly, the party official have “clamped down on information about the school-related deaths,” and one year on, they haven’t released the schools’ death toll. “Parents or activists who have sought information have been intimidated or detained.” AP said.

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Google Censorship Violates the US Constitution and International Law

Posted by feww on June 16, 2008

The Human Rights of an Octogenarian Chinese Woman

Google has effectively blocked the following posts from its search engines:

Brave New Zealanders Bash Octogenarian Chinese Woman to Death and

New Zealand Racist Storm Worse Than China Quake at

New Zealand: Plumbing the Depth of Depravity

Google Censorship is a Flagrant Violation of Our Freedom of Speech!

Freedom of speech is being able to speak freely without censorship. The United States Constitution protects opinions under inalienable 1st Amendment free speech rights.

The right to freedom of speech is also guaranteed under international law through numerous human-rights instruments, notably under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

How much longer is Google allowed to continue its censorship in violation of the United States Constitution and the international law?

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World Disaster Update

Posted by feww on May 18, 2008

Nargis Cyclone, Myanmar

Torrential tropical rain lashed Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta worsening the misery of an estimated 2.5 million survivors of Cyclone Nargis and further hampering the military government’s aid efforts, Reuters reported.

Monks stand beside a partially damaged Buddha statue in a storm devastated village near Kyacek tan, Myanmar, May 14, 2008, presumably wondering what if the statue was completely destroyed! (REUTERS/Stringer) Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

The official toll for the dead and missing now stands at more than 133,000, but other estimates are reported the figure as high as 200,000. About 2.5 million people in the Irrawaddy delta have been severly affected and are struggling for survival. Some cases of cholera have been found in the Irawaddy delta, however, the numbers are in line with normal levels recorded in previous years. More Photos …

Videos (updated May 20, 2008 )

1. Scrambling for food
2. Death and destruction

China Quake

The earthquake in southwestern China has so far claimed about 30,000 lives. Another strong aftershock measuring 5.7 in magnitude (the 75th in the cluster since the 7.9Mw mainshock 6 days ago) struck about 80km WSW of Guangyuan, Sichuan, China early Sunday morning local time forcing thousands of the survivors to flee the Beichuan area amid fears a local lake could burst its banks.

Soldiers, relief workers and residents flee to higher ground in Beichuan, Sichuan province May 17, 2008 amid fears a local lake could burst its bank after the 75th strong aftershock struck the area. (REUTERS/Stringer) Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

The authorities expect the final death toll from the earthquake to exceed 50,000. About 4.8 million people have lost their homes. A reported 500,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake. More photos . . .

Videos (updated May 20, 2008 )

1. Rescuers arrived too late!
2. Quake survivors flee fearing floods
3. Where’s the money government promised us?

Government Stats: [May 18, 11:00AM Local Time]

  • Death toll : 28,881
  • Still buried under the rubble: 10,600 people
  • Injured : about 170,000 people
  • Building damage: 15 million building in Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces have been destroyed or severely damaged (AFP).
  • Dams and reservoirs damaged: 391 units
  • No of displaced: 4.8 million people at 2,885 locations

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Chaiten volcano

Chaiten volcano (Chile) is spewing out hot ash and smoke, as it rumbles and creates tremors. Falling ash is clogging up the local Blanco and Raya rivers forcing them to overflow their banks, flooding the area in the surrounding areas.

The city of Chaiten, about 6km from the erupting volcano, almost entirely flooded, has been declared off-limits for three months by the Chilean government.

A house flooded by river Blanco in Chaiten city May 12, 2008. (REUTERS/Stringer). Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

“There’s been additional volcanic activity that we’re really worried about,” regional governor Sergio Galilea said.

Chile is home to a cluster of about 2,000 volcanoes (second only to Indonesia), 500 of which are thought to be potentially active. (Source) More photos . . .

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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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How Many More Survivors?

Posted by feww on May 16, 2008

The Clueless Wen Jiabao: “Most wide-spreading impact”

Chinese PM, Wen Jiabao, was quoted as saying that the 7.9-magnitude quake that hit southwestern Sichuan province on Monday had the “most wide-spreading impact” of any earthquake since the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, Xinhua news agency quoted Wen as saying.

[Note, for reasons unknown to FEWW moderators, the earthquake cluster’s mainshock was previously reported as magnitude 7.8, erroneously!]

The aftermath of a large earthquake cluster. (Credit: Reuters/Jason Lee) Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

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China Quake Death Toll Nearly 10,000

Posted by feww on May 12, 2008

UPDATE # 1 – China Quake


Most farmers’ homes in two townships have collapsed and there is no word from the three townships nearest the epicenter, which have a population of 24,000. (Source)

Local residents search for their belongings in the debris of a collapsed house after an earthquake in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province May 12, 2008, in this picture distributed by China’s official Xinhua News Agency. REUTERS/Xinhua/Chen Xie (Caption: Reuters)

Video: Powerful quake strikes China

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China Quake Kills 9,000

Posted by feww on May 12, 2008

A Shrinking World Series:

Magnitude 7.9 Earthquake Strikes EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA

Date and Time: Monday, May 12, 2008 at 06:28:00 UTC [Monday, May 12, 2008 at 02:28:00 PM at epicenter
Location: 31.099°N, 103.279°E

Depth: 10 km
Distances: 90 km WNW of Chengdu, Sichuan; 145 km WSW of Mianyang, Sichuan; 360 km WNW of Chongqing, Chongqing; 1545 km SW of BEIJING, Beijing, China
Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 5.8 km

Cars are buried in the debris of collapsed buildings in Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, after an earthquake occurred May 12, 2008, in this picture distributed by China’s official Xinhua News Agency. REUTERS/Xinhua/Liu Hai (Caption: Reuters)

Striking in the middle of the school day, the 7.9 magnitude earthquake demolished eight schools. Several factories, chemical plants, high-rise buildings and at least one hospital were also destroyed, trapping hundreds of people.

About 7,000 of the deaths are believed to have occurred in Sichuan’s Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County (population of 161,000), where more than 80 percent of the buildings were razed. About one in 10 people in Beichuan are believed to have died or injured.

Powerful quake strikes China

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