2nd UPDATE – Earthquakes in China: Plaza 66, CITIC, and Others Evacuating

Monday, May 12, 2008 0:09
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Breaking news coming across wires is that a scale 7.8 earthquake has hit Sichuan, and a 3.9 quake has hit Beijing, and 5.7 in Taiwan.

There are reports that some buildings shook in Shanghai, Guangdong, Hanoi, and even Bangkok

Buidlings in Shanghai have been evacuated (CITIC, Plaza 66, and others in Pudong) and Wenjiabao is already on a plane to the Sichuan affected site.

For anyone interested in following the news, go to Shangahiist. They are updating on a frequent basis. As reports of damage come in, I will post more on how to help on Crossroads. I have sent emails to NGOs in the area to see what their needs are and I will post those as I have them.

For those interested in assisting those affected, please go to Crossroads.  I have a short list of NGOs that companies/ individuals can look to. I will be adding to this list over the next few days.

for those interested, here is a map of fault lines in China.

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8 Responses to “2nd UPDATE – Earthquakes in China: Plaza 66, CITIC, and Others Evacuating”

  1. John Guise says:

    May 12th, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Hi Rich

    This was real and you could feel it in Shanghai. In our office everyone felt the floor spin for about five minutes (most people thought they were ill until everyone else said they felt the same way).

    Building management told us to evacuate and let us take the elevators down, but we were allowed to return about 10 minutes later. Everything seems fine now.

    J.

  2. Graham Thompson says:

    May 12th, 2008 at 12:56 am

    Xinhua details here…

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-05/12/content_6678227.htm

    Powerful earthquake hits Sichuan
    (Xinhua)
    Updated: 2008-05-12 15:39

    BEIJING — A major earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale jolted Wenchuan County of southwest China’s Sichuan Province at 2:28 p.m. Monday, the State Seismological Bureau said, revising a previous figure of 7.6.

    The epicenter of the quake was located 31.0 degrees north latitude and 103.4 degrees east longitude, the bureau said.

    With a population of 111,800, Wenchuan lies in southeast part of the Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, 146 km to the northwest of Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan.

    An earthquake measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale jolted Tongzhou District in east Beijing at 2:35 p.m. Monday. The quake’s epicenter was located 39.8 north latitude and 116.8 east longitude, according to the State Seismological Bureau.

    Xinhua reporters in many other parts of China also reported tremors.

    A retiree in Leshan, a city of the southwestern Sichuan Province, said via telephone that a wall in her garden collapsed, while a repairman in Chongqing saw the ceiling of his factory shamble and alarmed the staff, who soon left the building.

    In Shanghai, people were evacuated from office buildings in Hongqiao and Nanjing Road.
    Mobile phones in Chengdu and Chongqing could not be reached for a while on Monday afternoon.

    No casualty was reported yet.

  3. Graham Thompson says:

    May 12th, 2008 at 12:57 am

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-05/12/content_6678227.htm
    Powerful earthquake hits Sichuan
    (Xinhua)
    Updated: 2008-05-12 15:39

    BEIJING — A major earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale jolted Wenchuan County of southwest China’s Sichuan Province at 2:28 p.m. Monday, the State Seismological Bureau said, revising a previous figure of 7.6.

    The epicenter of the quake was located 31.0 degrees north latitude and 103.4 degrees east longitude, the bureau said.

    With a population of 111,800, Wenchuan lies in southeast part of the Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, 146 km to the northwest of Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan.

    An earthquake measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale jolted Tongzhou District in east Beijing at 2:35 p.m. Monday. The quake’s epicenter was located 39.8 north latitude and 116.8 east longitude, according to the State Seismological Bureau.

    Xinhua reporters in many other parts of China also reported tremors.

    A retiree in Leshan, a city of the southwestern Sichuan Province, said via telephone that a wall in her garden collapsed, while a repairman in Chongqing saw the ceiling of his factory shamble and alarmed the staff, who soon left the building.

    In Shanghai, people were evacuated from office buildings in Hongqiao and Nanjing Road.
    Mobile phones in Chengdu and Chongqing could not be reached for a while on Monday afternoon.

    No casualty was reported yet.

  4. Rich says:

    May 12th, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Here is a link to the news

    Powerful earthquake hits Sichuan

    This looks to be quite serious. I just took a walk down NJ Road, and every building is now emptying out. Was hearing from people that they all felt the swaying.

  5. Dan Harris says:

    May 12th, 2008 at 1:29 am

    It’s all over Twitter. I am starting now to understand the benefit of Twitter, as it has really been pretty amazing on this.

  6. Nrupesh says:

    May 12th, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Felt it in Taizhou ( Zhejiang ) as well, As soon as we felt it, we grabbed the passports and ran down and seems no one else had bothered to check. 10 mins later it was all over the news.

    The real benefit of having blogs is in times like these ( and in the visa mess ups lol )

  7. Kevin Crowe says:

    May 12th, 2008 at 3:52 am

    China Briefing News have been on top of it almost as soon as it hit and have been updating all day. I think Dezan has an office out there. Maps and latest from http://www.china-briefing.com/news their subscribers also received an email aftershock warning for Beijing at 4:45pm here:

    Following this afternoons 7.5 earthquake in Wenchuan, Sichuan, and subsequent large aftershocks, Chinese media and military are reporting ‘significant likelihood’ of further tremors, in the Beijing area as well as other locations.

    The Chinese military is arranging rescue efforts in Sichuan and we understand the Premier is en route to the region. While aftershocks in major cities are unlikely to be dangerous, they may well be frightening to staff and readers are urged to ensure safety of all personnel during this time. Up to date coverage and updates are being maintained on CCTV and readers are advised to tune in to CCTV9 (English) or pertinent Chinese stations for additional warnings or advice on movements.

  8. Rich says:

    May 12th, 2008 at 4:09 am

    Dan/ Nupresh/ Kevin – Thanks.

    I will have more updates shortly.

    R