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Unformatted text preview: o Cost to China: $86 billion (US) • Its tectonic setting and why it was such a surprise to geologists and seismologists o The Wenchuan earthquake is all about India and Tibet o Because “space geodetic studies” (GPS studies) focus on horizontal strain vectors, NOT on vertical components of strain. The rigid, strong, and topographically low crust of the Sichuan basis resists the eastward lateral escape of the weak lower crust of Tibet and forces it to flow southeastwards and northeastwards • Sichuan’s schools (disatsters waiting to happen and they did) o Pancake collapses (walls pop out, building drops out) • The largely overlooked story of landsliding o Area was susceptible • The death of Beichuan County by earthquake, landslides and flooding o...
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2009 for the course GEOL 240Lxg taught by Professor 12:30-01:50pm during the Fall '07 term at USC.
- Fall '07