China: Earthquake - Oct 2008
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Most read reports
- Xinhua: Full text: China's Actions for Disaster Prevention and Reduction. 11 May 2009
- CRED: Cred Crunch Newsletter, Issue No. 30 (January 2013) - Natural Disasters in Asia. 15 Feb 2013
- Xinhua: Over 88,900 killed, missing in natural disasters in China in 2008: report . 23 Sep 2009
- ReliefWeb: China: Earthquake (as of 06 Oct 2008) - Location Map. 7 Oct 2008
- Xinhua: China: More than 60,000 affected in Tibet quake. 11 Oct 2008
Natural Disasters in Asia
Analyses of EM-DAT disaster statistics for the last decades provide us with insights on the trends and patterns of disaster occurrence and impact, both globally and in individual continents, regions and countries. From 2002 to 2011 worldwide, a total of 3,800 disasters killed over 1 million people, affected 2.5 billion others and caused US$ 1,453 billion of economic damages.
BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- More than 88,900 people were killed or went missing in natural disasters in China in 2008, and about 470 million people were affected, according to a government report Wednesday.
More than 26.82 million people were relocated and the total direct economic loss was put at 1,175.24 billion yuan (172.16 billion U.S.
BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhua) - The Information Office of the State Council, or China's cabinet, published a white paper titled "China's Actions for Disaster Prevention and Reduction" Monday. Following is the full text:
China's Actions for Disaster Prevention and Reduction
Information Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China
I. Natural Disasters in China
II. Strategic Goals and Tasks for Disaster Reduction
URUMQI, Oct 14, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Quake-hit Wuqia County, a mountainous area in the far west of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, was hit by an early winter when the first snowfall on Tuesday left more than 400 families in the cold, local authorities said.
After several days of rain, the snow began to fall early on Tuesday, lowering the temperature to minus 3 to minus 4 degrees Celsius in the 7,800-square-km quake zone, according to the county meteorological station.
"My house has cracks and I dare not live inside any more," said herdsman …
BEIJING, Oct 14, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- China will speed up the enhancement of its power grid to better prepare against the looming winter, as the specter of devastating snowstorms the country experienced earlier this year still lingers, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said Tuesday.
Zhang Guobao, vice director of the NDRC, the country's top economic planner, said faced with increasing natural disasters, such as the severe snowstorms and earthquakes, greater challenges were imposed on the safety and stability of the power system.
He added …
LHASA, Oct 11, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- An earthquake followed by some 1,000 aftershocks has affected more than 60,000 people in the Tibet Autonomous Region this week, the local government said in a news conference Saturday.
Since Monday's 6.6-magnitude quake struck Damxung County in Lhasa, more than 1,000 aftershocks have been monitored, including one that measured 5.4 on the Richter scale, said Gong Puguang, vice president of the regional government.
61,231 people in the region's capital have been affected and 989 houses collapsed, said Gong.
More than …
LHASA, Oct 10, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Local authorities of Tibet Autonomous Region would pool about 200 million yuan (about 28.57 million U.S.
URUMQI, Oct 09, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Tents, winter clothing and medicine were badly needed in quake-hit Wuqia County, a mountainous area also swept by continuous rain in the far west of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, local authorities said here on Thursday.
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolted the county on Sunday night, affecting 7,645 people. More than 700 houses suffered structural damage, while four collapsed.
LHASA, Oct 09, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region government is giving 5,000 yuan (733 U.S. dollars) each to the relatives of 10 victims killed in the magnitude-6.6 quake on Monday.
In addition, the injured will receive free treatment, according to a regional government official here on Thursday.
In addition to the deaths, 34 others were injured after the quake jolted Damxung, an outer county of the regional capital Lhasa, at 4: 30 p.m.
DAMXUNG, Tibet, Oct 07, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Women, children and the elderly comprised most of the 10 victims of Monday's earthquake in Tibet, it emerged as rescuers re-established links to the epicenter on Tuesday.
Most of the men were away mowing and storing forage grass for the winter, said Tsering Samdrup, a resident of Yangyi, the worst hit village, where nine people died, 18 were injured and 171 homes were destroyed.
"I can't believe it," cried Nyima, a Tibetan herder who lost her 2-year-old daughter.
BEIJING, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- China's seismological authorities will send experts to an earthquake area in Tibet after a 6.6-magnitude quake killed at least nine on Monday.
The China Earthquake Administration (CEA) has launched a level III emergency response plan after the strong quake jolted Damxung County near Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, at 4:30p.m.
BEIJING, Oct 7 (Reuters) - China closed schools in Tibet's capital for safety reasons on Tuesday a day after a huge earthquake struck to the west and months after hundreds of classrooms were flattened in a devastating quake in Sichuan.
The 6.6 magnitude Tibet earthquake, with an epicentre 80 km (50 miles) west of Lhasa, killed at least nine people, state media reported, revising down an earlier estimated death toll of at least 30.
Nearly 200 homes were "toppled".
Most of the victims were women, children and elderly people, as men were away "mowing and storing …
Monday, October 06, 2008 at 08:30:45 UTC
Monday, October 06, 2008 at 04:30:45 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location: 29.759°N, 90.302°E
Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region: EASTERN XIZANG
80 km (50 miles) W of Lhasa, Xizang (Tibet)
150 km (90 miles) ENE of Xigaze, Xizang (Tibet)
260 km (160 miles) NNE of THIMPHU, Bhutan
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Damxung County in Lhasa, the Tibet Autonomous Region capital, at 4:30 p.m. Monday, the State Seismological Bureau (SSB) said.
The epicenter was at 29.8 degrees north and 90.3 degrees east, 82 km away from Lhasa.
Tremors were felt in Lhasa, according to local sources. The Tibet seismological department sent a team to the quake-hit area.
There was no immediate report of casualties. Xinhua reporters in Lhasa saw no damage to the city's buildings, including the famed Potala Palace.
A press conference was being held to brief the situation.
LHASA, Oct 06, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- At least 30 people were killed in a 6.6-magnitude earthquake which jolted a county under Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, on Monday, the local government said.
The victims were found in Gedar township of Damxung County, the epicenter. More people were still buried in debris and many houses collapsed, said the Tibet Autonomous Region Government.
Traffic and telecommunication were cut off in Gedar.
LHASA, Oct 06, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Nine people were confirmed dead in a strong earthquake that jolted a county in Tibet on Monday, the rescue headquarters said at the epicenter.
The previous "at least 30" death toll was inaccurate due to unauthoritative sources and needed further check.
Rescuers arrived at Yangyi Village, the worst-hit site in Gedar Township of Damxung County, late Monday night after repairing the road once paralyzed in the 6.6-magnitude tremor.
At least 147 houses in Yangyi and villages in a neighboring county collapsed.