Seismological features

  • Chen Yong
  • David C. Booth


The 2008 Wenchuan earthquake was a deadly earthquake of magnitude M s8.0, which occurred at 14:28 on 12 May 2008, in Sichuan Province of China and killed at least 69,226 people, with 17,923 missing. Approximately 15 million people lived in the affected area, and it left about 4.8 million people homeless. It was the deadliest earthquake to hit China since the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, which killed at least 240,000 people, and the strongest in China since the 1950 Chayu earthquake, which registered 8.5 on the Richter magnitude scale.


Global Position System Tibetan Plateau Focal Mechanism Thrust Fault Main Shock 
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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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