Lessons from the Wenchuan Earthquake

  • Yunsheng Wang
  • Shuihe Cao
  • Xin Zhang
Part of the Springer Natural Hazards book series (SPRINGERNAT)


 A strong earthquake like the Wenchuan earthquake on May 12th, 2008 in China could cause huge losses in human lives and properties damages in a short time. Reconstruction projects have been carried out after the earthquake. Some lesson have been discussed: under estimation of the seismic Intensity; mountain towns built on active faults; Poor anti-seismic design; quick rising of the river bed etc.

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This study is financially supported by the National Foundation for Natural Science of China (41072231) and the China Geological Survey Bureau (Grant No. 12120113010100). The authors would like to thank Niek Rengers for revising the article and his many helpful suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Lab of Geohazard Prevention and Environment ProtectionChengdu University of TechnologyChengduChina

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