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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Sichuan, China

Posted by feww on August 8, 2017

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M6.5 Quake Rocks Jiuzhaigou County in SW China’s Sichuan Province

Multiple aftershocks expected, but none reported as of posting [T+14 mins.]

EQD [USGS]

Magnitude: 6.5 mww
Location: 33.217°N, 103.843°E [36km W of Yongle, China]
Depth: 10.0 km
Time:13:19:49.570 (UTC) 2017-08-08

Additional information will be issued by FIRE-EARTH Science at 14:20UTC, via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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Deadly Earthquake Strikes SW China

Posted by feww on November 22, 2014

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M6.3 Quake Strikes Sichuan Province, SW China

At least one person was killed after a strong earthquake struck Kangding County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on Saturday, reported the official Xinhua news agency.

Centered at 30.3°N,  101.7°E, the quake occurred  at a depth of about 18km near the Kangding airport, about 40 km from Chengdu, the provincial capital, said the report.

The quake also affected Zhaodong City in neighboring Yunnan Province.”

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Climate Catastrophes Cumulate in China

Posted by feww on July 20, 2013

More roads transformed to rivers as extreme rain events continue to batter China

The concrete jungle bears telltale clues!

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Kunming, the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, July 19, 2013. The meteorologic center issued a blue alert for rainstorm on Friday after extensive flooding caused by an extreme rain event inundated the city. (Xinhua/Lin Yiguang) More images…

Tropical Cyclone Cimaron makes landfall in Fujian Province

The cyclone battered Fujian Province dumping up to 520 mm or rain in just a few hours .

Tropical storm CimaronOriginal caption:  A car is submerged among wastes swept down by mountain torrents and torrential rain in Gangwei Township in Longhai of Zhangzhou City, southeast China’s Fujian Province, July 19, 2013. Tropical storm Cimaron made its landfall in Fujian Thursday evening, bringing heavy rain and strong gales to southern part of the province. Xiamen, Zhangzhou, Quanzhou and Putian were severely affected by the storm, with the rainfall in some regions like Longhai reaching 520 millimeters on Friday. About 123,000 residents were afflicted by the storm and no casualties have been reported yet. (Xinhua/Wei Peiquan). More images…

Extreme Rain Events, severe flooding in Guangyuan force 41,400 people to relocate

Flooding in Guangyuan City Sichuan SW China
Original Caption: Photo taken on July 18, 2013 shows the rising flood in Guangyuan City of southwest China’s Sichuan Province. A rain-triggered flood has brought serious damage to Guangyuan City from Wednesday, causing one person missing and forcing 41,400 people to relocate. (Xinhua/Gao Zhinong)
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Flooding Destroys Town of Caopo in SW China

Posted by feww on July 16, 2013

Extreme floods destroy Caopo, leave entire population homeless

The town of Caopo in SW China’s Sichuan province has been completely destroyed by extreme flooding, which has also triggered large scale landslide, blocking the roads and leaving the town solated.

“Officials say Caopo’s five thousand residents have been given temporary shelters, after flooding destroyed their homes,” said a report.on July 16, 2013

road to Caopo blocked by major landslides
An aerial photo taken from a helicopter shows a road to Caopo Township blocked by several major landslides and mudslide in Wenchuan County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Wu Yongbin).
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Landslide in Dujiangyan City kills at least 58, leaves 175 missing

At least 43 people were left dead after a landslide in the village of Sanxi, Dujiangyan City, in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. “Some 118 people across the city were missing or can not immediately be reached. Local authorities are continuing to verify the exact number of those missing,” said a report.

Hundreds Stranded in Sichuan Storms

Heavy rain triggered floods in Shimian county, Sichuan province, early on Saturday, stranding about 400 villagers.

In the wee hours of Saturday, the storm lashed six townships in Shimian, flooding six rivers.

“Roads as well as power and communication were cut off in the townships. More than 1,100 people including two foreign tourists were evacuated,” said deputy county magistrate Hu Jijun.

As floods inundated roads to Shimian’s Caoke township, some 400 residents in the township’s Keping village lost contact with the outside world in the morning.

Meantime, the water supply was cut off in many parts of Chengdu because the city’s drinking water source was polluted by the rising floodwaters, and vegetable prices soared as extreme rains destroyed crops and disrupted supplies.

Cost to the People and Sichuan Economy

The recent storm, which have been pounding Sichuan beginning since July 7, have affected about 2.5 million people, leaving tens of thousands homeless. Direct economic losses is so far estimated at more than 12 billion yuan ($2 billion) have been pounding, said the Sichuan provincial department of civil affairs.

Disaster Hits Also Shaanxi Province

Rainstorms continued to buffet much of northern China, killing scores of people and causing severe damage to property and infrastructure.

“In northwest Shaanxi province, rain has caused the death of 27 people, and affected over 800,000. The resulting economic losses add up to 1.8 billion yuan or around 300 million US dollars,” said a report.

“In the city of Yan’an, nearly one hundred historic sites have been damaged by landslides and other rain-related accidents. Many other sites have been closed.

“Northern Shanxi province has also been hard hit by downpours, seeing the most rain since 1961. Experts say soil moisture in some areas has reached critical levels, and could trigger more disasters.”

Extreme floods destroy bridge in NE China, killing 4

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Original Caption: A road bridge that formed part of the No. 101 national expressway is seen collapsed in Fuxin, northeast China’s Liaoning Province, July 16, 2013. Heavy overnight rain toppled the bridge early Tuesday, leaving four people dead. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)

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Disaster Diary – July 9, 2013

Posted by feww on July 9, 2013

Extreme rain event in Toronto triggers flash floods

Some 126 mm of rain fell across Toronto, mostly during the evening commute, causing flash floods and traffic chaos.

The amount of rainfall shattered both the previous one-day rainfall record of 29.2 mm, and the monthly average rainfall for  July, which is less than 70mm, said Environment Canada.

Three regional power companies, Toronto Hydro, Enersource and Powerstream reported power outages to more than 900,000 customers in Etobicoke, Mississauga, Markham and Richmond Hill.

Floodwaters  submerged subways and roads forcing authorities to suspend flights, as well as train, metro and  ferry services.

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Heavy rains flood roads, homes; state of emergency declared  in central Manitoba community

The R.M. of Mossey River, north of Dauphin, received 150 mm of rain in just two hours on Saturday, said a report.

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RM of Buckland declares state of emergency after severe flooding

The Rural Municipality of Buckland, north of Prince Albert, has declared a state of emergency due to flooding, said a report.

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Rainstorms lash large parts of China

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Original caption: Rescuers open up landslide-blocked Damazhuang tunnel on 302 provincial road in Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, July 9, 2013. Downpours have submerged the quake-razed old town ruins of Beichuan, which was hit by an 8.0-magnitude earthquake in May 2008. (Xinhua). More images …

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At least 16,900 people in 4,920 households in the district have been affected. Direct economic losses are estimated at 768 million yuan (125.18 million U.S. dollars).

Local governments have relocated over 5,200 residents and tourists to get them out of the way of potential geological disasters.

Downpours also submerged quake-razed ruins in Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County, which has received 300 mm of precipitation. More than 42,000 people in Beichuan have been affected by the downpours.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, the commission had reported nine people dead and 11 missing in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, seven fatalities and two missing in neighboring Yunnan Province, four deaths in central China’s Hubei Province and three losses of life in east China’s Anhui Province.

A further ten fatalities were also reported in Beijing, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Tibet Autonomous Region, and provinces of Hebei, Heilongjiang, Shandong and Gansu. One person is also missing in Helongjiang Province.

Since July 3, natural disasters caused by downpours have affected about 6.75 million people in 284 counties, districts or prefecture-level cities across China, according to the commission.

Heavy rains that started on Friday have left three people dead and affected lives of about 1.87 million residents in central China’s Hubei Province, local authorities said Sunday.

The provincial civil affairs department said the downpours have also forced the relocation of about 114,000 people in 29 counties.

More than 7,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged and 151,900 hectares of crops have been affected. Economic losses are estimated at about 684 million yuan (about 111.6 million U.S. dollars), according to the department.

The highest precipitation in the province reached 168 mm in 24 hours in Tuanfeng County, the department said. [Source: Xinhua]

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Douglas County, NV declares a state of emergency due to exploding Bison fire

A state of emergency has been declared in Douglas County as the Bison fire exploded to nearly 26,000 acres. The blaze was reportedly 25% contained, as of posting.

The Bison Fire started at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2013. The lightning-caused fire is located along the western slope of the Pinenut Mountain range in Douglas County, Nevada, and is burning a combination of BLM public lands, Native American allotment lands, and private lands about five miles east of Gardnerville (east of U.S. Highway 395).

The fire has made significant runs on July 7 and 8 to the northeast through the Slater Mine area, burning through dense stands of pinyon pine, as well as crossing over the crest of the Pine Nut Range and backing down into the north end of Smith Valley. [Inciweb.]

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Another Pathetic Turn in the Fukushima Farce

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima nuke plant reported Monday it had detected radioactive caesium-134 at levels that were 90 times higher than three days earlier. The latest incident occurred at an observation well located between the damaged reactor No. 2 and the ocean, reports said.

TEPCO said it had detected caesium-134 at 9,000 becquerels per liter, or 150 times above Japan’s safety standard (!) in the well, which is just 25 meters from the ocean.

Ouch!

“We don’t know what is the reason behind the spike,” Tepco spokeswoman Mayumi Yoshida told Reuters. “We’re still looking to determine the causes behind it.”

Try criminally-negligent INCOMPETENCE!

Probability of a Nuclear Disaster by Country

The following probability figures  calculated by FIRE-EARTH on April 8, 2011 still hold!

  • Japan (880)³
  • United States (865)
  • France (855)
  • Taiwan (850)
  • Belgium, China, Finland, India,  South Korea, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Russia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Armenia, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania,  Hungary, Bulgaria, Spain,  Pakistan, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico,  South Africa, Canada (810)
  • Germany, Sweden, Netherlands (800)
  • Switzerland  (750)

Notes:

  1. The list represents a snapshot of events at the time of calculating the probabilities. Any forecast posted  here is subject to numerous variable factors.
  2. Figures in the bracket represent the probability of an incident occurring out of 1,000; the forecast duration is valid for the next 50  months.
  3. Probability includes a significant worsening of Fukushima nuclear disaster, and future quakes forecast for Japan.
  4. A nuclear incident is defined as a level 5 (Accident With Wider Consequences), or worse, on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES). See below.
  5. Safety issues considered in compiling these lists include the age, number of units and capacity of nuclear reactors in each country/state, previous incidents, probability of damage from human-enhanced natural disasters, e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic activity, hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, wildfires, flooding…]
  6. The  Blog’s knowledge concerning the extent to which the factors described in (3) might worsen during the forecast period greatly influences the forecast. (Last UPDATED: June 26, 2011)

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Drought Affecting Tens of Millions in China

Posted by feww on March 30, 2013

Western China hit by severe drought

Severe drought has affected at least 23.7 million people in western China’s Yunnan, Gansu and Sichuan provinces since October 2012, causing economic losses of more than 1.1 billion U.S dollars, said the authorities.

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Persistent drought has scorched Yunnan Province, causing crop failure and reducing agricultural production throughout the province. Many people in the province’s  mountainous areas lack drinking water, said a report.

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Original Caption: A water reservoir that has a capacity of 5,000 cubic meters lies empty in Shaoxin Village of Mile, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, March 29, 2013. (Xinhua/Chen Haining). More images …

In NW China’s Gansu province about 4.5 million people have been affected by the ongoing drought;  more than 650,000 people lack drinking water.

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DISASTER CALENDARMarch 30, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,078 Days Left 

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

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,078 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
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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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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 …

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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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China Quake Casualties May Rise Sharply

Posted by feww on May 14, 2008

UPDATE # 3 – China Quake

Latest China Quake Statistics

Aftershocks: USGS has so far recorded a total of 41 aftershocks following the 7.9 magnitude mainshock that struck china’s Eastern Sichuan region. The latest quake, a 5.4 magnitude aftershock, struck 95 km NW of Chengdu, Sichuan, on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 10:54:38 AM [Time at epicenter.]

Casualties

[As reported by China’s Xinhua News Agency as of May 14, 2008 at 01:52:20 local time ]

  • Death toll: More than 12,000 victims
  • Injuries: 26,206 recorded cases
  • Buried in Debris: 9,404 victims are still buried in debris
  • Missing: 7,841 people remain missing


Photo taken on May 13, 2008 shows the scene of the earthquake-hit Beichuan County, about 160 kilometers northeast of the epicenter of Wenchuan County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Beichuan County is badly damaged in Monday’s quake, with great numbers of buildings collapsed and landslides around the county. (Xinhua Photo and caption)


Rescuers clear the rubbles at a elementary school in Liangping County of southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, May 12, 2008. Based on the latest government statistics, there are 11 killed, including five pupils, and more than 2.13 million people affected in the earthquake in Chongqing. (Xinhua/Li Jinfa. Xinhua caption).

A rescuer tries to help a stranded student out of debris at Wudu Primary school in Hanwang Town, Mianzhu City, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, May 13, 2008. Teachers and students of the school are buried, the aftermath of Monday’s earthquake. (Xinhua Photo and caption)


A boy of Beichuan middle school wait for rescuers at the earthquake-hit Beichuan County, about 160 kilometers northeast of the epicenter of Wenchuan County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, May 13, 2008. Beichuan County is badly damaged in Monday’s quake, with great numbers of buildings collapsed and landslides around the county. (Xinhua/Li Gang. Xinhua caption). Images may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice.

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Government and Public Response:

About 20,000 soldiers and armed police are in the disaster areas in Sichuan Province and another 30,000 soldiers are joining the rescue operations, China’s Defense Ministry said.

Central government has allocated 860 million yuan (122.86 million U.S. dollars) as disaster relief to the areas affected by the earthquake cluster.

The public have donated 221.67 million yuan (31.66 million U.S. dollars) in cash and goods, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. (Source)

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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.


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