Flashcards in Sichuan Deck (17)
Where did it happen?
Sichuan, province south west china.
Type of plate boundary involved
Destructive between the Indo-Australian plate and Eurasian plate.
Name of fault line
When did it happen?
May 12th 2008
80km northwest of Chengdu, the provincial capital.
Depth of 19km
Primary Economic Effect
Rail distorted, cargo train carrying 13 carriages derailed
391 dams damaged
Secondary Economic Effect
Oil prices dropped over speculation that demand from china would fall
Shifang chemical plants collapsed killing hundreds and releasing toxic ammonia
Primary Social Effects (General)
4.8 million homeless
(could be as high as 11 million)
Primary Social Effect BONUS
100 schools collapsed killing 10,000 children
Primary Environmental Effects
Secondary Social Effects
Communications e.g. telephones cut off
6 pandas escaped from enclosures in Wolong NNR
2inured, 1 dead
Rivers blocked by landslides forming 34 quake lakes.
20 helicopters dispatched
Troops parachuted in
Thousands of army men deployed
China requested help from Japan, Russia and Korea helped.
Redcross donated food and medicine
Banks wrote off debts of survivors without insurance
How well managed was it?
no regular drills or evacuation spots
poorly constructed buildings
highly corrupt country--> regulations bypassed to make cheap buildings.