Sichuan Earthquake

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Location of Sichaun
Central China, resembles an LEDC (rural, undeveloped area.)
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Background
Shallow focus (30km), lasted 2 minutes, 7.9 on the Richter Scale, felt on the coastline.
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Causes
Convection currents in the mantle - destructive collision of the Eurasian and Indo-Australian plates along the Longmenshan fault line.
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Primary effects
2 chemical plants leakded amonia into the water, 1/3 of the buildings collapsed, collapse of a school killed 50 students, dam collaplsed, 20,000 missing, 70,000 killed in fires.
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Secondary effects
Aftershocks caused landslides/lack of food/loss of homes, Red Cross gave £100 million, however cost of repair was not as drastic as Kobe as the infrastructure was poor, contaminated water, DIDN'T RESPOND WELL TO PRIMARY EFFECTS.
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Short term repsonses
POOR RESPONSE- delayed by 3 days, small scale, only sent 15 helicopters, inaccessible, focused on getting people out of the rubble (by hand- had no technical equipment, 3 million tents needed.
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Long term response
China gave $10 million, Red Cross gave $100 million (external output was greater), many charities helped, individuals going over to help.
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Shallow focus (30km), lasted 2 minutes, 7.9 on the Richter Scale, felt on the coastline.

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