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M8.0 Wenchuan Earthquake

  • Provides major documentation of Wenchuan Earthquake in May 2008 Concentrates on surface fractures and damage Authors have worked actively in this field for the past ten years and can call on a vast expertise knowledge of earthquakes


Part of the Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences book series (LNEARTH, volume 123)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Huilin Xing, Xiwei Xu
    Pages 1-7
  3. Huilin Xing, Xiwei Xu
    Pages 39-148
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 183-191

About this book


The M8.0 Wenchuan Earthquake occurred in China on May 12, 2008, killing over 69,000 people and displacing millions from their homes. This was one of the most catastrophic natural disasters on record. This book includes 5 chapters describing the tectonic setting and historical earthquakes around the Chuan-Dian region, the nucleation of the Wenchuan earthquake, occurrence and aftershocks. The field observations of earthquake induced surface fractures and building damage, form a major and special part of this book and include a large number of digital photos with accompanying explanantions.


Building damage Earthquakes Geological observation Seismic hazards Wenchuan earthquake

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Earth Systems Science, Computational Centre (ESSCC)University of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia
  2. 2.Inst. GeologyChina Earthquake AdministrationBeijingChina, People's Republic

About the authors

The lead authors of this book have many years of expert knowledge related to earthquakes, earthquake hazards and the relevant fields of geological observation and numerical analysis and are specifically well acquianted with the geological setting and earthquakes around Chuan-Dian region.

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