The Sichuan province is located in the country of China and it experiences many earthquakes with the most recent being in the year 2008 as at 2012. There are different reasons why the region experiences these earthquakes such as in 2008 it was caused by the fracture of the Longmenshan fault due to the movement of the Indo-Australian Plate and Eurasian Plate. For more information about other earthquakes that are experienced in the area you can visit sites such as wikipedia.
The Sichuan Earthquake was caused by a thrust on a Northeast – Southwest (Longmenshan) fault line, which moved the earth in two sections. Geologists believe since the quake was shallow (about 3km beneath the surface), it resulted to cause a greater effect at the epicentre, which was highly populated. It is the 21st deadliest earthquake of all time.
- Earthquake hits China’s Sichuan province (guardian.co.uk)
- China’s Sichuan hit by earthquake, killing 2 (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Powerful earthquake strikes China’s Sichuan province (globalnews.ca)
- Sichuan earthquake may be aftershock of 2008 killer quake: Chinese geologist (journal.probeinternational.org)
- China’s Sichuan Hit by Earthquake, Killing 2 (nytimes.com)
- Terrified pandas climb into trees to escape Sichuan earthquake in China (metro.co.uk)