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Road Damage from 2008 Great Sichuan Earthquake in China

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The May 12, 2008, Great Sichuan Earthquake, also called the Wenchuan Earthquake, occurred at 14:28 local time, in Sichuan Province, China. The earthquake magnitudes were Mw = 7.9 (USGS), Ms = 8.0 (Chinese Earthquake Administration). The epicenter was 80 km west-northwest of Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province. Damage by earthquake-induced landslides was catastrophic and accounted for many of the casualties. This photo is of the elevated highway which the Chinese Army blasted down, as it was damaged beyond repair. The road was the main road into the Beichuan area. 


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