In terms of the energy released, the Magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck Sichuan province in China in May 2008 was not a record-setter.

Abstract On Monday, May 12, 2008, a devastating mega-earthquake of magnitude 8.0 struck the Wenchuan area, northwestern Sichuan Province, China. Abstract.

Sichuan earthquake of 2008. Sichuan earthquake of 2008, also called Wenchuan earthquake or Great Wenchuan Earthquake, Chinese Wenchuan dizhen or Wenchuan Da Dizhen, massive and enormously devastating earthquake that occurred in the mountainous central region of Sichuan province in southwestern China on May 12, 2008.

This earthquake directly caused more than 15,000 geohazards in the form of landslides, rockfalls, and debris flows which resulted in about 20,000 deaths. First published on Sun 11 May 2008.

But … The city of … The death toll from the most deadly earthquake to hit China in more than three decades today reached nearly 10,000 in Sichuan …

The 2008 Wenchuan earthquake ( M s = 8.0; epicenter located at 31.0° N, 103.4° E), with a focal depth of 19.0 km was triggered by the reactivation of the Longmenshan fault in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, China on 12 May 2008. 19.04 EDT. At the Longmen Shan, the eastern flank of the Tibetan Plateau rises 6,000 m above the Sichuan basin within a distance of just 100 km. The mechanisms responsible …

The focal mechanism of the earthquake was successive massive rock fracturing 15 km in depth at Yingxiu. This picture taken on April 24, 2018, shows houses destroyed by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in Beichuan, Sichuan province, China.