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The earthquake in Jiuzhaigou County of Northern Sichuan, China on August 8, 2017

Hao Lei, Xiuling Wang (), Hang Hou, Linjian Su, Deqiang Yu and Hao Wang
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Hao Lei: Xi’an University of Technology
Xiuling Wang: Chang’an University
Hang Hou: Chang’an University
Linjian Su: Chang’an University
Deqiang Yu: Chang’an University
Hao Wang: University of Washington

Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, 2018, vol. 90, issue 2, 1021-1030

Abstract: Abstract Jiuzhai Valley National Park in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of northern Sichuan, China, is well renowned both at home and abroad as “World Natural Heritage,” “Man and Biosphere Conservation Network” and “National GeoPark of China.” An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck Jiuzhaigou County on the evening of August 8, 2017. Its focal depth was 20 km and followed thousands of aftershocks. The earthquake had affected 17 townships and 120 villages in varying degrees. By the 8 p.m. on August 13, the death toll of the earthquake reached 25, with 525 injured. Being formerly described as “Fairy tale world,” “King of waterscape,” the beautiful scenic spot now had become “scars of wounds strung together like beads,” and some of the beauty even disappeared. In this short communication, the incident background, casualties and scene are presented. Moreover, a brief investigation on the cause and seismic damage capacity of the earthquake as well as the earthquake early warning is conducted.

Keywords: Natural disaster; Earthquake; Jiuzhai Valley National Park; Incident scene; Casualties; Seismic damage capacity; Earthquake early warning (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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