earthquake from less developed country- Sichuan

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  • Sichuan earthquake
    • Sichuan, China
    • 12th May 2008
    • 7.9 richter scale
    • Destructive plate boundary
    • epicentre- wenchuan
    • Primary effects
      • 69,000 dead
      • 18,000 missing
      • approx 374,000 missing
      • 5-11 million homeless
      • 5 million buildings including school destroyed
      • in a school there were 900 pupils killed
    • Secondary effects
      • roads blocked by landslides
      • rivers also blocked by landslides, lead to fears of flooding
      • cost of damage predicted at $75 million
    • Immediate responses
      • 20 helicopters assigned to rescue people
      • needed clean water, food and tents
      • areas of land flattened for tents
      • 2 days after earthquake, China requested international help
      • 1 million temporary homes built
    • Long term responses
      • vice president said building would be finished within 3 years
      • debts of survivors with no insurance written off

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