Sichuan China Earthquake 11/22

Dangerous damaging earthquake in Sichuan, China (Xinduqiao most at risk) – at least 2 people killed and 48 injured

Last update: November 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm by By

 Update 16:54 UTC : The earthquake toll has further increased to 2 people killed and 48 injured

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Important update 15:03 UTC : The current status is 1 person killed and 22 injured. A lot of relief material has been sent to the hardest hit areas. We expect this number to increase in the following hours.

Update 12:10 UTC : Below the shaking map published by the Chinese Seismological agency. To be noticed a far great strong shaking area than the USGS (M5.8) map below.

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Update 11:55 UTC : Apparently there are NO big buildings collapsed, neither in Xinduqiao nor in Tagong, which is very good news. No images yet from the epicenter area. We expect also landslides to have occurred as this is a mountainous area.
Below the seismic map of the greater epicenter area. Combined with the beach-ball below and the faults on this seismic map, we can now say that the ground movement went from South-East to North-West

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Update 11:21 UTC : Beijing News reported that in Xinduqiao town residents said that many houses collapsed, mostly older Tibetan houses, more recently build houses have only been damaged. Currently, NO no rescue personnel arrived as yet, some areas have still electricity, communications are on and off.

Update 11:18 UTC : The earthquake was even felt as far as Chongqing

The picture below has been taken in Kangding 40 km from the epicenter

Update 11:14 UTC : Some walls of Kangding Airport are showing cracks. 3 trains lines are delayed because the railway personnel has first to inspect the rails.

Update 11:10 UTC : Unconfirmed reports are mentioning that one 73 year old man from Kangding was killed due to the earthquake. The exact reason has not been reported.

Update 10:59 UTC : People living in the wider earthquake area (including Kangding) are on the streets and are afraid to go inside again.

Update 10:56 UTC : Medical teams have been sent to the epicenter area. China has probably the best managed earthquake response teams in the world. Part of the response is by the Chinese Army. A lot of specialized material can be put into work within 24 hours (heavy material, telecommunications, field hospitals, etc etc)

Update 10:23 UTC : The first reports from the biggest nearby city Kangding are hopeful. No widespread collapses houses and only 1 injured person because of broken glass. Specialized teams are now rushing to the villages closest to the epicenter. We keep you informed when new reports are coming in. The earthquake was strongly felt in Kangding (39 km from the epicenter)

Update 10:13 UTC : The earthquake was felt strongly in Chengdu (based on Chinese readers reports). Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province. The Chengdu districy has a population of 16 million. Chengdu itself is however not an important risk for this earthquake.

Update 09:59 UTC : ER calls the below village as most in danger as it is located closest to the epicenter (approx. 6 km). The epicenter (breaking itself is located on the edges of the high mountain chain (which is normally good news).

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Update 09:50 UTC : Further bad news for this earthquake. The beach-ball shows a strike-slip earthquake type, the most dangerous one with a mainly horizontal movement. Older houses and buildings can be severely damaged by this type of earthquake.

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Update 09:43 UTC : Below the map as reported by the Chinese Seismological Agency. The upper dot is today’s epicenter, the lower dots other +M5 earthquakes this year. important to say about this map is that the earthquake is NOT an aftershock but a mainshock.

Image courtesy and copyright Chinese Seismological Agency

Update 09:37 UTC : The Chinese authorities are reporting a Magnitude of 6.3 at a depth of 18 km. These data are confirming our earlier expectations. Damage and injuries almost certain, hopefully no fatalities.

Update 09:25 UTC : Prof. Max Wyss who specializes in theoretical calculations of injured and fatalities based on many parameters expect for this earthquake 0 to 200 fatalities and 50 to 500 injured. Let’s hope that he is wrong this time or that only his minimum values will be reached.

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39km (24mi) NW of Kangding, China
168km (104mi) W of Linqiong, China
203km (126mi) SSW of Wuwei, China
216km (134mi) WNW of Leshan, China
1111km (690mi) NNW of Ha Noi, Vietnam

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-11-22 16:55:29

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-11-22 08:55:29


Yunnan China Earthquake 8/17

Moderate earthquake in Yunnan/Sichuan, China injures 20 people and damages 1424 houses

Last update: August 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm by By only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated.

Update 15:37 UTC : Most recent information as brought by China Daily about this earthquake :
At least 19 people were injured after an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale jolted Yongshan County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province at 6:07 am on Sunday, local authorities said.
The epicenter was in Wuji Township, 21 kilometers from the county seat. The source of the quake was 7 km deep.
20 injured in SW China earthquake
The quake was strongly felt in the neighboring counties of Suijiang, Daguan and Zhenxiong as well as the Zhaoyang District of Zhaotong City, which administers Yongshan, according to the provincial seismological bureau.
Nineteen people in Yongshan were injured and 1,424 houses were damaged as of 2 p.m., with 42 houses collapsed and 568 badly damaged. Cracks have been spotted in adobe houses and more than 10 cattle lots collapsed at Jinping Village, according to the county government.
Among the injured, ten have been sent to county hospitals for treatment and another nine are receiving medical care at township clinics.
About 50 km of roads, 41 km of tunnels and 21 km of power transmission lines were damaged in five townships. More than 1,000 local officials, policemen and militia personnel are working in the affected regions in rescue efforts and disaster investigations.
About 200 firefighters from various cities have arrived in Yongshan for rescue.
Civil affairs authorities have sent 200 tents, 2,000 quilts and 2,000 coats to the county.
Twenty-two aftershocks had been reported as of 8 a.m. on Sunday. Communication in the county is unimpeded, according to the seismological bureau.
Yunnan governor Li Jiheng led a work team to Yongshan from Ludian, also a county in Zhaotong City, where a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 3 killed more than 600 people and destroyed 80,000 homes.
The Yongshan earthquake is not an aftershock of the Ludian earthquake as the epicenters of the two quakes are 113 km away from each other, said Zhang Junwei, an official with the provincial seismological bureau.

Update 09:48 TC : The Chinese authorities published new data about this earthquake (only mainshock so far) : 16 collapsed houses, 196 severely damaged houses and 481 slightly damaged houses

Update 09:25 UTC : M4.0 and M4.2 aftershocks will normally trigger more minor damage (based on our China experience)

Update August 17 09:18 UTC : We had to change the title as the Chinese authorities said that we had to talk about a new earthquake and not an aftershock. The epicenter of this earthquake is 110 km north of the deadly Ludian quake.
So far the authorities reported 19 people injured, 11 houses collapsed, 37 houses severely damaged and 189 damaged to various extend.
Some minor damage was also reported from Sichuan

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Update 22:19 UTC : We found out that this was a Yunnan aftershock of M4.8 at a depth of 5 km. Additional damage will certainly be inflicted in the epicenter area, but the damage will be hopefully not serious (what we expect)

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Leibo County (from the epicenter approximately 19.7 kilometers)
Yongshan County (from the epicenter approximately 19.9 kilometers)
Meigu (from the epicenter approximately 44.6 kilometers)
King County (from the epicenter approximately 51.0 kilometers)
Zhaojue County (from the epicenter approximately 65.4 kilometers)
Suijiang County (from the epicenter approximately 71.5 kilometers)

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-08-17 06:08:02

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-08-16 22:08:02

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km