Earthquake LEDC Case Study - Geography GCSE

Case study on the Sichuan Earthquake

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Sichuan Earthquake - Cause

Location: Sichuan, China
Date: May 12th 2008

Indian-Eurasion plate 

The earthquake measured 8 on the Richter Scale

Shallow focus - 18km deep
tremors lasted 2 minutes

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Effects

Primary Effects

  • Death toll approximately 70,000
  • 18,000 missing
  • Approximately 400,000 injured
  • 5 million left homeless
  • 80% of the buildings collapsed

Secondary Effects

  • Communications (such as roads and phone lines) disrupted
  • Landslides blocked rivers
  • Costs predicted at $75 million
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Responses

Primary Responses

  • Army forces and volunteers searched for survivors
  • Chinese prime minister asked for help from volunteers and neighbouring countries
  • 20 helicopters
  • Water, food and tents needed for aid

Secondary Responses

  •  Banks wrote off depts
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