UN China Situation Report No. 2

from UN Country Team in China
Published on 21 Apr 2013

UN China Situation Report No. 2

Lushan (Ya’an) Earthquake – 20 April 2013 (as of 23:00 p.m. Beijing Time)

Key Facts on the 7-magnitude earthquake in Ya’an, Sichuan of China

A 7-magnitude earthquake hit the Lushan County in the city of Ya’an, Sichuan Province of China, at 08:02 AM on 20 April, Saturday, with a depth of about 13 km.

The epicenter is calculated to be 30.3 north and 103.0 east, in Longmen Township of Lushan County, which is about 116 km from Sichuan’s provincial capital, Chengdu.

As of 20:20, 789 aftershocks are recorded and at least 51 aftershocks are 3.0 magnitudes and above, including 2 times from 5.0 to 5.9 magnitudes (the highest 5.8m), 14 times from 4.0 to 4.9 magnitudes and 35 times from 3.0 to 3.9 magnitudes.

According to weather broadcast there will be consecutive rains in the coming days. Experts are concerned about secondary disasters including intensive aftershocks, landslides and mudslides that may worsen the situation.