Monday, May 12, 2008

2008 Sichuan earthquake will affect china olympic?

The 2008 Sichuan earthquake had its epicenter in Wenchuan County (Chinese: 汶川县; Pinyin: Wènchuān Xiàn), Sichuan province of the People's Republic of China at 14:28:04 local time (06:28:04 GMT) on 12 May 2008.[2] According to the State Seismological Bureau of China and the United States Geological Survey, it had a magnitude of 7.9 Mw (initially reported as 7.8 Mw by the USGS) and the epicenter was 90 kilometres (55 miles) west-northwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan.[3] The earthquake was felt as far away as Beijing and Shanghai, where office buildings swayed with the tremor,[4] Pakistan,[5] Thailand,[5] and Vietnam.[6]

With 10,000 deaths so far,[7] it was the deadliest earthquake to hit China since the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, which killed around 240,000 people, and the strongest earthquake in China since 1950, when Tibet was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.6. The quake occurred 10 days after Cyclone Nargis ripped through Burma, a few hundred miles away, killing tens of thousands.[8]

The epicenter was in Wenchuan County, Ngawa Prefecture, 90 km northwest of Chengdu, with its main tremor so far occurring at 14:28:04 local time (06:28:04 UTC) on Monday 12 May 2008. Early reports of the earthquake's magnitude ranged from 7.5 to 8.0. More than 27 major aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 4.0 to 6.0 were recorded within one day of the main tremor.[9]

Office workers in Chengdu reported a "continuous shaking for about two or three minutes", with many people rushing outside.[10]


All highways into Wenchuan were damaged, resulting in delayed arrival of the rescue troops.[25][26] Over 2,300 base stations of China Mobile in Sichuan and nearby areas went offline, while the China Unicom network in Wenchuan broke down entirely.[27][28] In Beichuan county, 80% of the buildings collapsed according to Xinhua News.[29] In the city of Shifang, the collapse of two chemical plants led to leakage of some 80 tons of liquid ammonia, with hundreds of people reported buried.[30] In the city of Dujiangyan, south-east of the epicentre, a whole school collapsed with 900 students buried and 50 dead. The Juyuan middle school, where many teenagers were buried, is being excavated by civilians and cranes.

Head of the Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, who hopes that China will make a successful showing in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, expressed remorse. He said to President Hu Jintao, "The Olympic Movement is at your side, especially during these difficult moments. Our thoughts are with you."

Hope chinese will make a good show despite of earthquake or tibet .china rocks..

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