Earthquake Near Chengdu, China

Earthquake Near Chengdu, China

The magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck China on May 12, 2008, caused extensive damage in the mountainous terrain of Beichuan County. In many cases, landslides in steep valleys formed earthen dams, creating new lakes overnight. This pair of high-resolution, photo-like images from Taiwan’s Formosat-2 satellite on May 14, 2006 (top),and May 14, 2008 (bottom) shows several landslides, a collapsed bridge, and a bridge submerged by a newly formed lake.

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  • Data Date:

    May 14, 2008
  • Visualization Date:

    May 20, 2008
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