May 16, 2008

Asia | China
Insight-Jinhui Adjusters Co., Ltd.

Adjusters from our Chinese offices are currently involved in several claims at or near the epicentre of the earthquake.
If you need assistance on claims or surveys relating to the earthquake, please let us know.

Shanghai Office
Jeffrey Neo, ACII, ASII, Dip Eng
Mobile: + 86 139 1879 7656

Joshua Cheong, ACILA, FIFAA, ACII, ABEng
Mobile: + 86 138 1832 8842

Guangdong Office
Roger Xi
Mobile: + 86 136 3229 9221

Shenyang Office
Huang Jin Xing
Mobile: + 86 139 0035 5480

Singapore Office
Stephen Kwang
Mobile: +65 9677 7268

Here is some information on the earthquake and the aftermath:

  • The Sichuan Earthquake occurred at 14:28 hours (China time) on 12 May 2008, with its epicentre in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province. The epicentre was 90 km (55 miles) west-northwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. It was the deadliest and strongest earthquake to hit China since the 1976 Tangshan Earthquake, killing approx 250,000 people.
  • The State Seismological Bureau of China recorded a magnitude of 7.8. Twenty major aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 5 to 6 were recorded within 24 hours of the quake.
  • The earthquake occurred as the result of motion on a northeast striking reverse fault on the northwestern margin of the Sichuan Basin. The earthquake epicentre occurred as the result of movement on the Longmenshan fault or a tectonically related fault. The earthquake reflects tectonic stresses resulting from the convergence of crustal material moving from high Tibetan Plateau to the west, against strong crust underlying the Sichuan Basin and Southeastern China.
  • Wenchuan County, the epicentre, which has a population of 105,000 people, was devastated and the total of fatality has yet to be determined.
  • The surrounding cities namely Mian Yang, Guang Yuan, Dujiangyan, Deyang, Beichuan County, Shifang, ChangDu and Mao County near to the epicentre also suffered damages and fatalities from the earthquake.
  • Current statistics revealed the death toll at being around 19,500: 18,600 buried under collapsed buildings, 7,841 reported missing, and more than 100,000 injured.
  • Roadways closest to the epicentre were blocked off by landslides and communications were crippled.
  • Tremor effects were felt in almost the entire mainland China, except Xinjiang, Jinlin and Helonhjiang. Other countries such as Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia (Tuva), Thailand and Vietnam were also affected by tremors, but no known damage or casualties were reported.
  • Beside the destruction at the epicentre, other surrounding provinces/areas namely Chengdu, Chongqing, Shaanxi, Yunnan and Gansu also sustained minor damage to property and casualty.
  • A Hydropower plant located 20 km from the epicentre was said to have sustained major damage. The dam has also sustained cracks and the nearby buildings have collapsed.
  • A’ba Industrial Development area in Wengchun with about 34 factories mainly in manufacturing, were destroyed.
  • 80% of the buildings in Beichuan County had collapsed.
  • Two chemical plants in Shifang had collapsed leading to leakage of liquid ammonia. There were also many casualties.
  • In Dujiangyan, an entire school building collapsed.