BSSA Special Issue on the Wenchuan Earthquake

Beautiful fold and faultThe Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America has published a Special Issue on the 2008 Wenchuan, China, Earthquake. This event, also known as the Sichuan Earthquake, was one of the most devastating natural disasters in the last decade. On 12 May, 2008, an earthquake with a magnitude of Mw7.9 happened on the Beichuan fault, leaving at least 69,000 people dead and millions homeless. It is estimated that some $140 billion will be needed to rebuild the damaged infrastructure and houses.The earthquake was one of the largest thrust events in a continental environment. Among others, the Special Issue deals with

  • ground motions and ground motion simulation
  • wave propagation
  • remotely triggered seismicity
  • fault geometry and fault scarp characteristics
  • earthquake environmental effects
  • surface ruptures
  • dating methods
  • petrophysics and
  • geophysical parameters that changed during or after the event.

Please visit the BSSA website for paper downloads and further information.

Also note an article in the following issue, Rockwell et al., 2010:

Rockwell, T., Gath, E., González, T., Madden, C., Verdugo, D., Lippincott, C., Dawson, T.,
Owen, L. A., Fuchs, M., Cadena, A., Williams, P., Weldon, E., Franceschi, P. (2010): Neotectonics and Paleoseismology of the Limón and Pedro Miguel Faults in Panamá: Earthquake Hazard to the Panamá Canal, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 100 – 6, doi: 10.1785/0120090342.

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