Project-Earthquake in ChinaDate:12/5/2008Time:14.28Location: SichouanMagnitude:7,8
Sichuan EarthquakeThe 2008 was a deadly earthquakethat measured at 8.0 Ms and 7.9Mw, and occurred at 02:28 PM ChinaStandard Time at epicenter inSichuan province of China, killing anestimated 68,000 people.
Impact of the earthquakeAt least 69,195 people killed, 374,177injured and 18,392 missing and presumeddead in the Chengdu-Lixian-Guangyuanarea. More than 45.5 million people in 10provinces and regions were affected. Atleast 15 million people were evacuatedfrom their homes and more than 5 millionwere left homeless.
Impact of the earthquakeAn estimated 5.36 million buildingscollapsed and more than 21 millionbuildings were damaged in Sichuan and inparts ofChongqing, Gansu, Hubei, Shaanxi andYunnan. The total economic loss wasestimated at 86 billion US dollars
Rescue EffortsAt the start of rescue operations on May12, 20 helicopters were deployed for thedelivery of food, water, and emergencyaid, and also the evacuation of the injuredand reconnaissance of quake-strickenareas. By 17:37 CST on May 13, a total ofover 15,600 troops and militia reservistsfrom the Chengdu Military Region hadjoined the rescue force in the heavilyaffected areas.
Domestic AidBy May 14, the Ministry of Civil Affairsstated that $1.5 billion US had beendonated by the Chinese public. HoustonRockets center Yao Ming, one of thecountrys most popular sports icons, gave$214,000 and $71,000 to the Red CrossSociety of China. The association has alsocollected a total of $26 million in donationsso far. Other multinational firms located inChina have also announced large amountsof donations.
Foreign aidBecause of the magnitude of thequake, and the media attention onChina, foreign nations and organizationsimmediately responded to the disaster byoffering condolences and assistance. OnMay 14, UNICEF reported that Chinaformally requested the support of theinternational community to respond to theneeds of affected families