On this day in 2008, an earthquake hit the Sichuan province of China, in Wenchuan county. It was one of the deadliest recorded earthquakes ever to hit China.
What was the magnitude of the Sichuan earthquake?
The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale.
How many people were killed in the Sichuan earthquake?
The earthquake caused significant damage and resulted in the deaths of at least 69,000 people. Tens of thousands of people were injured, and millions were left homeless. The earthquake also caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and dams.
What caused the Sichuan earthquake?
Sichuan province is located in an area where the Indian Plate is colliding with the Eurasian Plate, which creates intense geological activity and pressure.
What was the international response to the earthquake?
The international community responded quickly and generously to the disaster, with aid coming from countries all around the world. Several organizations and relief agencies also provided assistance to the affected areas, including the Red Cross and UNICEF.