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International Recovery Platform

Sichuan Earthquake, 2008

Country China
Location Sichuan Province, Wenchuan country

Brief Overview of the Disaster 
On 12 May 2008 a major earthquake measuring 8.0 (original 7.9 RS was raised to 8.0 by Chinese authorities) on the Richter scale struck Wenchuan County, Aba Prefecture some 92km northwest of Chengdu City, the capital of Sichuan Province. The earthquake took place at 14:48 Beijing-time and tremors were felt as far as Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing. As of 28 May, 219 aftershocks measuring 3.9 RS or higher have been recorded, including an aftershock on 25 May measuring 5.4 RS in Qingchuan country. This aftershock resulted in the deaths of 8 people; 927 people injured; and 400,000 homes were destroyed.

Displaced 15 million have relocated.
Dead 87,476
Missing Not specified
Injured 361,822
Housing Destroyed/Damaged 5.46 million homes have been destroyed, 5.9 million homes are seriously damaged
Total Damage and Losses (in USD) 30 billion
Note Total affected: 45,976,596
Main Source
GLIDE No. EQ-2008-000062-CHN