Anqing, China January 19 earthquake - 7159 houses damaged.

This is an Earthquake-Report ongoing event

UPDATE 21.01.2011 11:43 UTC: An update on the statistics from the earthquake from the Civil Affairs Department of Anhui (7.30 local time on January 21). 31000 people have been affected (unchanged). In addition there have been 7159 houses with 15786 rooms damaged (unchanged). A total of 3635 people have been relocated. The province has arranged CNY2 million (about USD0.3 million) in relief funds, just for the initial relief, as well as 300 tents, 1000s of jackets, and 2000 quilts to help the disaster affected people in this very cold time.

The direct economic losses remain at CNY80.18 million (about USD12.2 million). This has striking similarities to the losses in the Qiaojia earthquake of 2010.

UPDATE 15:40 UTC: An update on the statistics from the earthquake. 31000 people have been affected, up from 18700 at the last report. In addition there have been 7159 houses with 15786 rooms damaged. The most affected areas contain 6163 of these houses. No houses have actually collapsed according to the new update. The relocated people are the same as the previous update.

The direct economic losses have risen to CNY80.18 million (about USD12.2 million).

UPDATE 10:52 UTC: There is thick snow in the area and low temperatures with much traffic. This is making life difficult. Over 8091 people have been relocated with 462 people resettled. There is a 69 person team to help the area: Seismological Bureau of Anhui team consists of 15 people, 16 people from Shanghai, Zhejiang Seismological Bureau has 5 people, 8 people from the Seismological Bureau of Jiangsu, Jiangxi Provincial Seismological Bureau and a local 5 person site team. 40 villages have been named in disaster area reports. Good news has come, that the people affected are in high spirits, students have been relocated to other schools, and that the disaster team is doing a good job!

There are reports of around 7352 houses (10903 rooms) being damaged with 18700 people affected. About 1150+ have severe damage and 6000+ have slight damage (cracks etc.) 3532 people have been relocating according to this report, differing from the value above, with 467 people resettled by the government into tents etc., and 3065 staying with friends and family.

The direct economic losses have risen to CNY78.24 million (about USD12 million).

This article has been written by us, with the help of the Anhui seismological bureau data and various chinese news sources. Keep posted!

Original Article:

AnQing, Anhui, China - Panoramio image by Joytop

Major damage came from the M4.9 earthquake at 12.07 local time on the 19th.There are reports of massive damage with 17 rooms collapsing and around 1500 rooms (about 700 houses) with serious damage, and about 2500-7500 rooms (about 1100-3400 houses) with slight damage.
This makes a total of around 8964 rooms (4000+ houses) that have been damaged following the quake.

There are other reports detailing about 200 households with destroyed houses. All schools are closed.
About 15000 people have been affected but there have been no casualties reported!

The preliminary estimates of damage are around 40 million yuan (about $6 million USD). These are set to rise!

We will keep you posted as we hear more from the seismological bureaus in China!

This shows the destructive nature of shallow earthquakes in highly populated areas.

This information has been collated from many different Chinese sources including news, government and seismological bureaus.

Please go to the following link for information on the CATDAT 13 damaging Chinese earthquakes last year.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude :  Mb 4.9
UTC time :  Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 04:07:44 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 12:07:44 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) :  16.3 km satellite map + I Did Feel It form
Geo-location(s) :
15 km (10 miles) NNE of Anqing, Anhui, China
75 km (50 miles) WSW of Tongling, Anhui, China

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map

USGS Seismic hazard map

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