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Sichuan Earthquake Case Study

Type of hazard Earthquake
Plate Boundary IndoAustralian plate and Eurasian Plate
Date of event 12th May 2008
Location Sichuan, South East China
Economic development NIC, less developed part of China

Causes 7.9 struck 90km north west of Chengdu at 14:28, tremors
lasted 120 seconds
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Other 64 and 104 major aftershocks, ranging in magnitude from
4.0 to 6.1, within 72 hours of the main quake
Strong aftershocks continue to strike months after the
main quake
Felt in Beijing, 1500km from the epicentre


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