Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    2 / -8   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>China Society

Aftershocks in Sichuan forecast to keep hitting

(Xinhua)

08:45, December 22, 2011

AFTERSHOCKS from the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan Province that left over 80,000 people dead will continue for a very long time, an expert said yesterday.

"Aftershocks of magnitude 5.6 are still likely to strike the area, but those above magnitude 7 are unlikely," Liu Jie, director of the Forecast Department under the China Earthquake Networks Center, told Xinhua news agency during a seminar in Chengdu.

An 8-magnitude quake hit the southwestern China region on May 12, 2008, killing 87,000 people and leaving widespread devastation. Wenchuan County was the epicenter.

In terms of the intensity and scope of destruction, the quake is believed to have surpassed the 7.8-magnitude quake in 1976 in Tangshan, Hebei Province, which claimed more than 240,000 lives.

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:梁军)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. World Heritage:Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty

  2. Japan picks F-35 as next-generation fighter

  3. Best natural & scientific photos of 2011: AFP

  4. Best sports photos of 2011: AFP

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. To whom does Pacific Century belong?
  2. US media hypes 'cyber Cold War'
  3. Farmers find city life unfair: report
  4. Soccer bribe trials chance to clean up sport's legacy
  5. Euro zone makes progress in systemic reforms
  6. Weibo regulations a step on the right path
  7. Real names on Weibo points to progress
  8. China's foreign policy not a matter of tough vs. soft
  9. Growth moderation not "bad thing" for China
  10. Risks behind India's military buildup

What's happening in China

Kangaroo keeper plays with Australian newcomers

  1. China to step up local pension fund management
  2. HK approves rise of fuel surcharges
  3. Industry Cleaning Association of China founded
  4. China to release captive-bred pandas into wild
  5. Chinese stocks close down Wednesday

PD Online Data

  1. Traditional Mooncakes
  2. About Mooncakes
  3. History of Mooncakes
  4. Modern Mooncakes
  5. Legends of Mid-Autumn Festival