The 512 Wenchuan Earthquake of
China ── A Preliminary Report
The May 12, 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake in China was one of the most destructive earthquakes to occur around the world in recent decades. More than a month after the earthquake, damaging aftershocks continue and reconnaissance missions are considered to be too dangerous.
George C. Lee, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Samuel P. Capen Professor of Engineering, presented a seminar titled The 512 Wenchuan Earthquake of China--A Preliminary Report (pdf) on June 16, 2008 at the University at Buffalo, which summarized preliminary observations gathered from the internet, media, and earthquake engineering colleagues and contacts in China. He also presented a number of possible lessons learned for structural engineers, which may serve as possible foci for future in-depth research studies and field reconnaissance missions.