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Title: Damage from 2008 Great Sichuan Earthquake in China
The May 12, 2008, Great Sichuan Earthquake, also called the Wenchuan Earthquake, occurred at 14:28 local time, in Sichuan Province, China. The earthquake magnitudes were Mw = 7.9 (USGS), Ms = 8.0 (Chinese Earthquake Administration). The epicenter was 80 km west-northwest of Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province. Damage by earthquake-induced landslides was catastrophic and accounted for many of the casualties. This photo is of the town of Qushan, Beichuan County, China, destroyed by strong shaking and catastrophic landslides. This photo was taken after deadly debris flows had recently impacted the area.
Location: , Sichuan Province, China
Date Taken: 10/18/2008
Photographer: David Wald , USGS
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