The Wenchuan earthquake

  • Chen Yong
  • David C. Booth


The Wenchuan earthquake was the most destructive earthquake in China, with the widest zone of influence and the most serious disaster-induced losses, since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Measured at M s8.0 in magnitude, and XI on the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) scale of felt effects, the earthquake also caused severe secondary disasters such as landslides, mud-rock flows, barrier lakes, etc (Figure 1.1).


Peak Ground Acceleration Wenchuan Earthquake Longmenshan Fault Tangshan Earthquake Brick Masonry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chen Yong
    • 1
  • David C. Booth
    • 2
  1. 1.China Earthquake AdministrationBeijingChina
  2. 2.British Geological SurveyEdinburghUK

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