An earthquake occurred in 2008 on Monday, May 12 at 02:28:01 PM China Standard Time. It was a deadly earthquake that has been called the Great Sichuan Earthquake and was deadly. It was measured at a magnitude of 7.9. It occurred in the Sichuan province of China and killed an estimated 87,587 people. The earthquake devastated the hilly country leading up to the Tibetan highlands. It toppled buildings in small cities and towns.
The earthquake affected more than half of the countries provinces and municipalities. Beichuan County, with a population of around 112,000, was the worst hit. It was the area that was closest to the earthquakes epicentre (around 60 miles northwest of Chengdu) and is the capital of the Sichuan province. Thousands of people were killed because eighty percent of the buildings there collapsed.
The time the earthquake struck, in the middle of the afternoon, contributed to the high death toll. The collapse of a three-story building that was a high school in the Juyuan Township of Dujiangyan City, in Wenchuan County killed or trapped as many as 900 students. Also, there were five other schools that collapsed in Deyang city which left students buried under the rubble. The earthquake damaged the roads that linked Wenchuan County to the provincial capital which was Chengdu.
The earthquake caused deaths in Sichuan, in the northwest Gansu Province, in Chongqing and in Yunnan. Hundreds of people were buried in two chemical plants that collapsed due to the earthquake, in Sichuan’s Shifang city. More than 80 tons of ammonia leaked out. The earthquake destroyed at least 500,000 properties and left about than 5 million people homeless.
The earthquake happened because of the Kunlun Fault and the XianshluHe Faults travel in a north-west to south-east direction through which the Red River Fault runs in a south-west to north-east direction. The Red River Fault was being pushed directly against by the first two. After the pressure built up high...