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CHINA - 7.5 earthquake near Chengdu, Sichuan Province
- Monday, May 12, 2008 at 06:28:00 UTC
- Monday, May 12, 2008 at 02:28:00 PM at epicenter
||10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
||EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
||80 km (50 miles) WNW of Chengdu, Sichuan, China
140 km (90 miles) WSW of Mianyang, Sichuan, China
345 km (215 miles) WNW of Chongqing, Chongqing, China
1545 km (950 miles) SW of BEIJING, Beijing, China
||horizontal +/- 4.9 km (3.0 miles); depth fixed by location program
||NST=233, Nph=233, Dmin=592.2 km, Rmss=1.24 sec, Gp= 25°,
M-type=moment magnitude (Mw), Version=A
Strong earthquake hits China
May 13, 2008 (0400 hrs GMT): Ten thousand deaths have been confirmed after the earthquake that hit central China yesterday. With the debris surrounding the epicenter yet to be cleared out, authorities suspect an increase in the death count. The most terrible aftermath of the quake, which clocked 7.9 in the Ritcher scale and considered the worst in this country in three decades, was the collapse of a three-storey school building at Juyuan, south of the epicenter, burying more than 900 students.
May 12, 2008 (1200 hrs GMT): Premier Wen Jiabao is flying to Chengdu to assess the situation and hasten the supply of aid. One hundred and seven people, including many students, are reported to have died. It is widely apprehended that the toll will rise again. The death toll is expected to rise, as major damages have been reported from buildings around Sichuan's Wenchuan county, the epicenter of the earthquake.
May 12, 2008 (0930 hrs GMT): An earthquake, measuring up to 7.8 on the Richter Scale, struck Central China on 12.05.08 at 06.28 GMT. It mainly hit the region lying north west of Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province. This is the first major earthquake in China after the earthquake in March that affected wide regions in the Xinjiang Province.
President Hu Jintao has already summoned prompt help towards the regions affected by this major China earthquake. Telephone lines have been jammed in the region, and efforts are being made to restore communication with the region. The government was prompt to evacuate the buildings in Chengdu and Beijing. People have also been guided out of the Jinmao Tower in Sanghai, the tallest building in China.
Two schools collapsed as a result of this earthquake in China, injuring more than a hundred children and killing at least four of them, according to the reports of the CCTV-the state run TV channel. However, there was no major damage caused to the city of Chengdu, which has a population in excess of 10 million. There was no damage incurred on the neighboring Three Gorges Dam either.
Geophysicists have opined that the earthquake was a potentially dangerous one, as it was quite shallow and originated close to densely populated regions. The epicenter of the 13 May earthquake in China lies in the Wenchuan County. It is a sparsely populated region on the west of the Tibetian plateau. There were after-shocks as quakes, two of them quite high on the Richter scale, ran across the country within an hour of the main quake.
Tremors were felt in the capital city of Beijing, as well as in Bangkok in Thailand and Hanoi in Vietnam. Residents of Beijing, which is located about 930 miles from the center of the quake, reported that buildings continuously shook for over two minutes.
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