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Earthquake Case Study (2)

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LEDC: Sichuan, China, 2008.

  • 12th May 2008, 2:28pm.
  • Measured 7.9 on the Richter scale.
  • Involved the Indian and Eurasian plate.
  • Tremors lasted 120 seconds.

Primary effects.

  • Death toll was 8,700 but rose to 55,000 11 days later.
  • 374,000 injured.
  • 5 million made homeless.
  • 80% of buildings collapsed.
  • Damage only caused $75 million.

Secondary effects.

  • Death toll rose to 69,000 2 months after the earthquake due to the cold, illness and dehydration.
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Immediate/short term responses.

  • It took 30 hours to access the area, due to poor roads and communication.
  • Heavy reliance on aid packages, with donations to the Red Cross in excess of £1 million within two weeks.
  • Troops and helicopters were brought in from abroad.
  • 3.3 million tents were set up for the homeless.

Long term responses.

  • Rebuilding of area which took 3 years.
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