China (Sichuan Province) Earthquake 2008: News & Statistics

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  • A 7.9M earthquake struck Sichuan Province on Monday, May 12, 2008
  • Aftershocks have been felt from Beijing, China to Bangkok, Thailand
  • 145 confirmed aftershocks above level 4, 23 above level 5, biggest 6.1
  • Most damaging earthquake since the 1976 Tangshan disaster
  • View a detailed epicenter map
  • Casualties continue to escalate; present official number is 68,620; 17,445 missing; 374,142 injured
  • Almost five million homeless
  • Public donations rise to 877 million yuan, $125 million US
  • Quake costs firms $9.5 billion, according to government
  • 70 billion yuan ($10.14 billion) reconstruction fund primarily for infrastructure
  • 6.0M aftershock Sunday, May 25
  • 420,000 homes destroyed in Qingchuan County, Sichuan, following two aftershocks (4.5M and 5.7M) on Tuesday, May 27
  • 160,000 people evacuated from Tangjiashan quake lake
  • Beichuan - an estimated 80% of buildings in the old town and 60% in the new town have been destroyed
  • 143 aftershocks between May 27 noon and May 28 noon; total of 8,911 aftershocks since May 12 - according to China Seismological Bureau
  • approximately 30 'quake lakes' created from May 12th earthquake
  • more than 7,000 collapsed schoolrooms

Sichuan is a province in western China, with its capital Chengdu. Sichuan has been historically known as the "Province of Abundance, " as it is one of the major agricultural production bases of China, providing the major production of grain, including rice and wheat, since 1999. Commercial crops include citrus fruits, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, peaches and grapeseed. Sichuan also had the largest output of pork and the second largest production of silkworm cocoons, of all the provinces. Sichuan is also one of the major industrial bases of China.

In addition to heavy industries such as coal, energy, iron and steel industry, the province has established a light manufacturing sector comprising building materials, wood processing, food and silk processing. Chengdu, the provincial capital, is one of the most important economic centers and transportation and communication hubs in China, as well as one of the production bases for textiles and electronics products.

Chengdu is not only the gateway of Western People's Republic of China for foreign financial institutions, but also a booming town for Chinese domestic financial firms. The Three Gorges Dam is being built on the Yangtze River in nearby Hubei province to control flooding in the Sichuan Basin.


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