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Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards
The Sichuan Earthquake, 2008

Epicentre: The epicentre was 80 kilometres (50 mi) westnorthwest of Chengdu, the
capital of Sichuan

Focal depth: 19 km (12

When: 12 May, 2008

Time: 2:28:01 pm

Length: 120 seconds

Magnitude: 7.88

Plate boundaries: The IndoAustralian plate is moving northwards…

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Aftershocks: as of 17th June 2008, more than 12,600 aftershocks had been recorded.
Including a 5.4 aftershock on the 25th of May killing 8, injuring 927 and destroying 400,000

Ground movement: Surface cracks and fractures on mountains ands subsidence and street
cracks observed within the city

Death Rate: 70,000…

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Priority given to building 4 million new homes and creating 1 million new jobs and
constructing highquality buildings that are earthquake proof
Chinese government committed £800million to strengthening the 2600 schools that
remained standing
Reconstruction plan included 169 new hospitals and 4,500 new primary schools
Welfare programmes have been expanded…


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