New tremor hits China

New tremor hits China

There are 14 comments on the Canada.com story from May 18, 2008, titled New tremor hits China. In it, Canada.com reports that:

A fresh tremor in southwestern China killed three people on Sunday, injured 1,000 others and sent thousands of people already traumatized by last week's massive earthquake fleeing their homes into the streets.

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JosephMendiola

Hagatna, Guam

#1 Mar 18, 2009
OZ, PAPUA,+ CHINA > and back to WESTPAC from Hagatna Bay, Guam it is.

YOOHOO, NASA-JPL etc., FYI the EM flashes were also getting BIGGER AND CLOSER TO GUAM.

Since: Mar 09

Central District, Hong Kong

#2 Mar 19, 2009
Are we conducting a seance here?

This is year old news.
old china

Chengdu, China

#3 Mar 19, 2009
diaboloist wrote:
Are we conducting a seance here?
This is year old news.
Perhaps it was meant to be a comment on today's earthquake in Sichuan.

“more cowbell”

Since: Oct 08

Dallas, TX

#4 Mar 19, 2009
Very bad news for Sichuan!
old china

Chengdu, China

#5 Mar 19, 2009
thebabbster wrote:
Very bad news for Sichuan!
No problem. Pretty well anything that was going to fall down fell down last year. At a magnitude of 5.0 most people won't notice it now. Above that and the building creaks and rattles. At 8.0 you can stand in the street and watch the tower blocks sway.

“more cowbell”

Since: Oct 08

Dallas, TX

#6 Mar 20, 2009
old china wrote:
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No problem. Pretty well anything that was going to fall down fell down last year. At a magnitude of 5.0 most people won't notice it now. Above that and the building creaks and rattles. At 8.0 you can stand in the street and watch the tower blocks sway.
Haha! Only the schools fell last year, while the buildings of CCP party officials still stood. Maybe this time the CCP buildings will fall, and when the rebuilding begins, everything can be made with quality materials and construction methods!
MajorMalfunction

Birmingham, UK

#7 Mar 20, 2009
I read an article on the internet that this caused by a dam any truth in this ?
old china

Chengdu, China

#8 Mar 20, 2009
thebabbster wrote:
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Haha! Only the schools fell last year, while the buildings of CCP party officials still stood. Maybe this time the CCP buildings will fall, and when the rebuilding begins, everything can be made with quality materials and construction methods!
Actually a hell of a lot more than the schools suffered structural damage and it that included government buildings. However, the overwhelming majority of the buildings that have collapsed were built 30 odd years or more ago with very casual building regs that were designed for smaller earchquakes. We learn by our mistakes that the "once in two thousand year" odds can sometimes mean this week.

The building that I was in (3 years old) didn't have any structural damage despite dancing around. Even the plaster cracks were only evident where false ceilings had been installed for the air conditioning. The most noticable damage was tiles bursting off the walls on the ground floors because all the energy gets transmitted downwards aparently.

The next big one is predicted between 30 to 200 years.
old china

Chengdu, China

#9 Mar 20, 2009
MajorMalfunction wrote:
I read an article on the internet that this caused by a dam any truth in this ?
It's purely a theory that the weight of a given volume of water will be greater than the same volume of soil. Therefore the water in the dams will exert a considerable downwards pressure.

What the theory tends to overlook is that India is constantly pushing against Tibet which in turn pushes against places like Sichuan. An that is evident by the mountains and fault lines where the Sichuan basin is pushed under the mountains.

Considering the involvement of India and Tibet I'm inclined to blame Dharasalama.
MajorMalfunction

Birmingham, UK

#10 Mar 20, 2009
old china wrote:
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It's purely a theory that the weight of a given volume of water will be greater than the same volume of soil. Therefore the water in the dams will exert a considerable downwards pressure.
What the theory tends to overlook is that India is constantly pushing against Tibet which in turn pushes against places like Sichuan. An that is evident by the mountains and fault lines where the Sichuan basin is pushed under the mountains.
Considering the involvement of India and Tibet I'm inclined to blame Dharasalama.
What ? all those prayer wheels turning you reckon...

“more cowbell”

Since: Oct 08

Dallas, TX

#11 Mar 20, 2009
old china wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually a hell of a lot more than the schools suffered structural damage and it that included government buildings. However, the overwhelming majority of the buildings that have collapsed were built 30 odd years or more ago with very casual building regs that were designed for smaller earchquakes. We learn by our mistakes that the "once in two thousand year" odds can sometimes mean this week.
The building that I was in (3 years old) didn't have any structural damage despite dancing around. Even the plaster cracks were only evident where false ceilings had been installed for the air conditioning. The most noticable damage was tiles bursting off the walls on the ground floors because all the energy gets transmitted downwards aparently.
The next big one is predicted between 30 to 200 years.
Man what an amazing event you lived through there. I hope the gov't. enforces tighter building regs!
old china

Chengdu, China

#12 Mar 20, 2009
MajorMalfunction wrote:
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What ? all those prayer wheels turning you reckon...
They rotate them clockwise.... if they spun them anticlockwise then India would be heading south. So go figure.
old china

Chengdu, China

#13 Mar 20, 2009
thebabbster wrote:
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Man what an amazing event you lived through there. I hope the gov't. enforces tighter building regs!
Hmm, governments are not perfect and it is easy to blame them after an event for not predicting that event. Need I mention Katrina and 80% of New Orleans getting flooded because of inadequate sea defences that budgets didn't address?

Vast amounts of property in the West would not survive in the epicentre of a force 8 earthquake because they are not designed to do so. Our buildings, like others in Chengdu, are rated at force 7. It would not have survived in the epicentre but we are lucky that we sit on a geological structure that is soft so absorbs some of the shock. We are still a couple of metres nearer to the mountains now. In the mountains - well the mountains have moved.

That is a seriously big event when you change the mountains - it isn't like a tornado knocking down a few houses in the Mid West. Talking of which... why do people still get killed in America every year when you have tornados? Isn't it time that America acnowleged that they are an unavoidable annual event and improved building standards to match the risks?(rhetorical question)

The building standards had already been improved in Sichuan over the years before this event. However, with the predicted risk factor of once in 2000 years and limited budgets then you don't knock down and rebuild everything - you wait until a building has outlived it's useful purpose and then replace it with a higher standard.
jen

Canyon Country, CA

#17 Apr 17, 2009
killings again

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