6.6 Earthquake Strikes Near Chengdu

We’ve been a long time without an earthquake of any considerable power in Chengdu, until today.

At 8:06am the earthquake struck, and violently shook the city for about 40 seconds before subsiding. After that time, aftershocks continued every minute or so for the proceeding 30 minutes.

Photos fell off my wall and as soon as I arose from bed to take count of what was happening I could already see my neighbors dashing out of their apartments into the street, many dressed in nightgowns and bathrobes.

Although news published on this earthquake is insignificant so far, there is a USGS report from the US Government which indicates some details about the earthquake. Although the information has changed (it was originally reported as magnitude 6.9), the earthquake was in Ya’an, 115km to the Southwest of Chengdu. More information here: USGS info on 2013 Sichuan earthquake.

Sichuan Earthquake 2013

Map showing the location of Yaan in relation to Chengdu

As soon as the earthquake occurred I posted a thread on the Chengdu Forum which quickly received dozens of replies, which you can see here: EARTHQUAKE!!!!

If anything else develops, this post will be updated with new information.

9:24 Update

The Chinese Seismological Bureau is reporting this as magnitude 7.0: Link and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is closed until further notice.

4/21 Update

The death toll has risen to 160 according to this Associated Press article.

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About Charlie

Having lived in Chengdu for ten years, Charlie has traveled to every corner of China and back again, calling the Yulin neighborhood of Chengdu his adopted home.

6 Responses to “6.6 Earthquake Strikes Near Chengdu”

  1. Thanks for posting, Charlie. Been looking for info about the earthquake & found yours first. Wishing you & those affected well.

    • Charlie

      No problem Kirstin. It’s surprising but it seems that within a day of the earthquake occurring, most of the Chinese people I know were referring to BBC and other foreign publications for details about the quake. It took a while before there was much information available. Fortunately, Chengdu is safe!

  2. Wish Sichuan people all the best! It is a beautiful place but natural disasters happen a lot.


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