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2010-11-07 10:50:49

Focus of special issue by world's premier seismology journal The devastating 2008 Wenchuan earthquake marks a defining moment for China's earthquake science program. The focus of a special November issue of the prestigious Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA), the M 7.9 earthquake has garnered intense interest among seismologists, allowing the Chinese science community to demonstrate its capability to a global audience. The earthquake produced an enormous disaster, killing...

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2010-10-25 09:10:00

The impact of China's devastating 2008 earthquake was substantially lessened by environmental conservation programs for some of the country's most fragile habitats, according to research published in a journal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science this week. Analysis of satellite imagery and field data by scientists at Michigan State University and in China show the quake "“ and the resulting landslides "“ affected 10 percent of the forests covering the mountains that are home...

2010-09-16 20:54:59

India slides under Tibet, but how? During the collision of India with the Eurasian continent, the Indian plate is pushed about 500 kilometers under Tibet, reaching a depth of 250 kilometers. The result of this largest collision in the world is the world's highest mountain range, but the tsunami in the Indian Ocean from 2004 was also created by earthquakes generated by this collision. The clash of the two continents is very complex, the Indian plate, for example, is compressed where it...

2010-01-18 05:32:00

HAIKOU, China, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- At a ceremony held at its Haikou headquarters on the morning of Jan. 18, HNA Group donated RMB500,000 each to the China Police Martyrs and Heroes Foundation and the China Red Cross Society to assist China's participation in post-earthquake relief and reconstruction in Haiti and to express admiration and pay tribute to China's peacekeeping police officers killed in Haiti. This act of charity by HNA Group makes it the first among Chinese...

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2009-10-15 09:15:07

Using satellite radar data and GPS measurements, Chinese researchers have explained the exceptional geological events leading to the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake that killed nearly 90,000 people in China's Sichuan Province. "One of the very fundamental issues for understanding an earthquake is to know how the rupture is distributed on the fault plane, which is directly related to the amount of ground shaking and the damage it could cause at the surface," said Dr Jianbao Sun of the Institute of...

2009-07-15 13:00:00

HONG KONG, July 15 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- With it's continued economic development, China's demand for helicopters is rising every year. Helicopters are needed not only by military forces but also by public programs. They are widely used in disaster relief, emergency response, fire fighting, patrol, policing, aero photography, tourism, material delivery and many other areas. In the aftermath of the Wenchuan Earthquake, helicopters played a significant role in relief efforts, causing...

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2009-07-03 08:40:00

Western China is a very seismically active area and has had many catastrophic earthquakes during its history. A joint European-Chinese team is using satellite radar data to monitor ground deformation across major continental faults in China to understand better the seismic cycle and how faults behave. Using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite data and a technique known as SAR Interferometry (InSAR), along with GPS data, scientists participating in ESA's Dragon 2 Programme have been...

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2009-03-03 08:48:01

Mudslides that followed the May 12, 2008 Wenchuan, China earthquake, ranked by the US Geological Survey as the 11th deadliest earthquake ever recorded, may cause a carbon-dioxide release in upcoming decades equivalent to two percent of current annual global carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion, a new study shows. Mudslides wipe away plants and topsoil, depleting terrain of nutrients for plant regrowth and burying swaths of vegetation. Buried vegetable matter decomposes and releases...

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2009-02-05 14:28:04

While some believe China's devastating magnitude 7.9 earthquake last year was caused by natural occurrences, some government officials and scientists have blamed a man made dam. The quake, which occurred in the Sichuan province, was China's worst in a generation, causing 70,000 deaths and leaving 5 million homeless. Now some scientists are claiming that the quake was the result of excess pressure on a fault line caused by Zipingpu dam. The 511-foot-high dam's reservoir, which lies 550 yards...

2008-10-13 09:00:26

Hong Kong to aid Sichuan in quake rebuilding CHENGDU, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will donate 1.665 billion yuan to help Sichuan Province in southwestern China with its rebuilding after the May 12 earthquake. The money, about 243.6 million U.S. dollars, will be used in 20 reconstruction projects covering infrastructural facilities, schools, hospitals and natural reserves, according to the agreements signed here Saturday. Wei Hong, executive...


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