Extremely dangerous very strong earthquake in Sichuan, China – Death toll now at 156, more than 2,000 injured
Last update: April 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm by By Armand Vervaeck and James Daniell
Update 00:49 UTC : WAPMERR, the theoretical damage engine has calculated that based on M6.9 and 16 km depth there will be 400 to 3500 fatalities and thousands of injured. Let’s hope that they are wrong !
Update 00:47 UTC : The Chinese data are even more dangerous. CEIC reports a Magnitude of 7.0 at a depth of only 14 km. ER fears for a lot of fatalities.
Update 00:41 UTC : We do stress that this is a MAJOR DANGEROUS earthquake. The combination Magnitude / depth can be very damaging.
Update 00:40 UTC : Based on the USGS data, Muping Town is at high risk for severe damage. Population : 11000 people
Update 00:37 UTC : We will have to wait a little to get the precise population data in the direct vicinity of the earthquake.
Update 00:36 UTC : Unfortunately all the local Chinese seismology servers are down because of too many requests
Update 00:26 UTC : USGS is expecting a MASSIVE MMI IX shaking near the epicenter. Even if the shaking should be down to VII or VIII, this earthquake will still be very damaging.
Update 00:26 UTC : USGS is reporting a Magnitude of 6.9 at a depth of only 16 km. EMSC is initially reporting a depth of 60 km. If the final depth is less than 20 km, this earthquake will normally be very damaging.
Update 00:22 UTC : We are currently trying to get the data of the Chinese Seismological services, but so far we could not get to it, probably server are too busy.
Update 00:18 UTC : The earthquake was VERY powerful and felt in a very wide area. We did get already reports as far as Chonqing and Kunming. We stress that this is a VERY DANGEROUS earthquake
Extremely dangerous earthquake in Sichuan, China
The earthquake was also relatively close to Chengdu (111 km)
111 km SW of Chengdu, China / pop: 3,950,437 / local time: 08:02:53.0 2013-04-20
97 km NW of Leshan, China / pop: 154,477 / local time: 08:02:53.0 2013-04-20
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 6.6
Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-04-20 08:02:48
GMT/UTC Time : 2013-04-20 00:02:48
Depth (Hypocenter) : 19 km
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