May
12
2008

7.8 earthquake in Sichuan, China,

Earthquake in Sichuan, China
Earthquake in Sichuan, ChinaCourtesy U.S. Geological Survey

Toll from China quake estimated at 3,000 to 5,000

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck central China, but sent thousands of people rushing out of buildings and into the streets hundreds of miles away in Beijing and Shanghai.
The powerful earthquake trapped nearly 900 students in central China on Monday after their school collapsed and at least 107 people were killed across several provinces, state media reported.Yahoo News

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ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Another new way to experience natural disasters is via You Tube.

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 8:33am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Death toll in China earthquake rises to 8,533

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 10:05am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Holy cow: this CNN post says that the earthquake in China affected over half the country's provinces. China is BIG. That's one heck of a quake!

Also according to the article:

" An earthquake with 7.5 magnitude in the northern Chinese city of Tangshan killed 255,000 people in 1976 -- the greatest death toll from an earthquake in the last four centuries and the second greatest in recorded history, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Tangshan is roughly 1,600 km from Chengdu, the nearest major city to the epicenter of Monday's quake."

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 10:15am
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Thor says:

I've heard, too, that it was felt in Vietnam, Laos and Pakistan as well.

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 10:27am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Here's the US Geological Survey earthquake page, with info on the world's most recent seismic activity. And here's specific data on the Sichuan quake. (Click the tabs at the top to see maps, an explanation, etc.)

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 10:25am
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ARTiFactor says:

I especially liked this page which shows a map illustrating shaking density and population sizes that were effected by the Sichuan earthquake.

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 11:46am
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Liza says:

US intelligence analysts are looking at spy satellite images of the quake area. According to Reuters,

"[A defense department official] said the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or NGA, was assessing high-altitude imagery as a routine step taken whenever a natural disaster or another major event occurs someplace in the world.

U.S. spy satellites and other high-altitude surveillance platforms can produce highly detailed pictures of damage to roads, railways, tunnels, ports and coastlines."

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 10:48am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

The USGS has upgraded the quake magnitude from 7.8 to 7.9.

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 11:13am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Over 50,000 dead, missing or buried in China quake. Yahoo News

posted on Wed, 05/14/2008 - 7:39am
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Tay101 says:

Over 50000 dead thats outrageous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 05/14/2008 - 8:46am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

The misery continues in the Sichuan province of China.

The death toll continues to rise, and authorities are warning that dams and hydropower stations have been damaged and could give way at any time.

There have been survival stories:

"Amid the overwhelming gloom, there were also moments of joy.

In Mianzhu, where thousands have already been confirmed dead, about 500 people were pulled out alive from crushed buildings.

Rescuers in Hanwang, a village in Mianzhu, sustained a girl with food and water as they struggled to free her from the ruins of a school.

A woman eight-months pregnant and her mother, trapped under an apartment building in Dujiangyan, were freed by firefighters.

'We are very happy. We have been standing here shouting for two days,' said Pan Jianjun, a relative. 'But there are still three more people in there making sounds.'"

But the Reuters article goes on to say that one-third of houses have been destroyed, and 90% have been damaged.

posted on Wed, 05/14/2008 - 2:36pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

School collapses (which killed as many as 13,000 Chinese students this week) during earthquakes are common and widespread due to design or construction errors or poor enforcement of building codes.

The problem isn't necessarily a lack of money or technology. Many times, it's a lack of information. Building safer schools doesn't mean building them so they never collapse, but building them so they collapse in a survivable way--with big spaces between elements so the voids can shelter survivors and be accessed by rescuers.

posted on Wed, 05/14/2008 - 3:22pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

You can watch videos of the earthquake on CNN's iReport.

posted on Wed, 05/14/2008 - 3:47pm
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hmoob_muas says:

didnt the death population change......

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 8:54am
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tiffany_88 says:

It's so sad poor people because they pass to this cathastrophy the number of people die increase day to day and the most incredible is the size of the earthquake cover all China.

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 9:21am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

A large aftershock earthquake, the strongest of more than 8,000 aftershocks detected since the quake on May 12, destroyed more than 70,000 homes and left 200,000 others in danger of collapse today. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of Sunday's aftershock at 5.8. Yahoo News

posted on Sun, 05/25/2008 - 2:25pm
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hawa says:

I can't believe this happened to the great China, it is sooo sad hear about the because most of them loss their homes, families and friends.

posted on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 1:02pm
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Anonymous says:

I think that a very old tectonic plate is under china and is finnaly getting enough pressure to create earth qukes.

posted on Tue, 08/05/2008 - 1:45pm

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