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May 12, 2008

Puissant séisme en Chine, ressenti jusqu’en Thaïlande

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Trận động đất 7,8 độ Richter xảy ra vào lúc 14:28 giờ địa phương cách Thành Đô, thủ phủ của tỉnh Tứ Xuyên, 92 km về hướng tây bắc.

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Tâm điểm của động đất là vùng thôn quê của quận Wenchuan, gần thành phố Dujiangyan, nơi có ít nhất 10 người bị thương.

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BBC


12/5/08

Puissant séisme en Chine, ressenti jusqu’en Thaïlande

Reuters

Un tremblement de terre d’une magnitude de 7,5 sur l’échelle de Richter s’est déclenché à 92 km au nord-ouest de Chengdu, capitale de la province chinoise du Sichuan, avant de secouer la majeure partie du pays, rapporte l’institut américain de veille géologique.

 

L’USGS avait dans un premier temps évalué l’intensité de la secousse à 7,8. Cette dernière a été ressentie à Pékin et Shanghaï, où des bâtiments gouvernementaux ont été ébranlés, et jusqu’à Hanoï au Vietnam ou Bangkok en Thaïlande, située à 3.300 kilomètres et où des immeubles ont tremblé plusieurs minutes après la secousse.

Chengdu, située à 1.300 km au sud-ouest de Pékin, abrite dix millions d’habitants.

“Nous avons ressenti des secousses continues pendant deux ou trois minutes. Tout le personnel de nos bureaux s’est précipité hors de l’immeuble. On ressent encore de légères vibrations”, a rapporté un salarié de la ville.

Dans le quartier d’affaires de Pékin, de nombreux immeubles ont été évacués sans qu’on signale toutefois de dégâts dans l’immédiat. Le réseau du métro n’a pas été affecté.

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L’USGS indique sur son site internet ( http://earthquake.usgs.gov ) que le séisme s’est produit à 06h28 GMT à une profondeur de 29 kilomètres.

L’agence météorologique japonaise signale de son côté ne pas avoir émis d’alerte au tsunami.

Selon des témoins sur place, aucun dégât externe n’a par ailleurs été constaté sur le barrage des Trois Gorges, situé à plusieurs centaines de kilomètres de Chengdu.

Un responsable des services sismiques du Sichuan a pour sa part indiqué que l’épicentre du séisme se situait dans le district de Wenchuan, dans la préfecture autonome d’Aba.

Selon la télévision nationale chinoise, les communications téléphoniques avec le Wenchuan sont coupées et le gouvernement organise l’envoi de secours.

La secousse a été ressentie jusqu’au Vietnam et en Thaïlande.

“Plusieurs témoignages nous indiquent que les grands immeubles des avenues Sukhumvit et Sathorn (à Bangkok) ont ressenti les secousses, mais on ne nous signale pas de dégâts”, a déclaré à Reuters un géologue de l’Institut météorologique thaïlandais.

Aucun dégât n’a non plus été signalé à Hanoï, où plusieurs immeubles ont vibré selon des témoins.

Avec Jason Subler, version française Gregory Schwartz
http://www.lexpress.fr/info/infojour/reuters.asp?id=70734&1034


Asie-Pacifique
L’ouest de la Chine secouée par un fort séisme de 7,5
AP | 12.05.2008 | 09:53
Un puissant séisme d’une magnitude préliminaire de 7,5 sur l’échelle ouverte de Richter a secoué l’ouest de la Chine, lundi, et a été ressentie jusqu’à Pékin et la cité financière de Shanghaï mais aussi dans la capitale vietnamienne de Hanoï ainsi que sur l’île de Taïwan.

La secousse s’est produite à 14h28 (6h28 GMT) à environ 92km au nord-ouest de Chengdu, la capitale de la province du Sichhuan. Son épicentre était situé à 10km sous la surface, selon le site Internet de l’agence américaine de géologie (USGS).

La région où s’est produit ce tremblement de terre est située sur le côté orientale du plateau tibétain, une zone généralement peu peuplée notamment en raison des hautes montagnes.

Les appels aux numéros d’urgence à Chengdu, une ville de quelque dix millions d’habitants, restaient sans réponse, lundi. Selon un témoin qui a pu être joint au téléphone à Chengdu, des milliers d’habitants sont sortis des immeubles mais ne déplorait ni victime ni dégâ dans l’immédiat.

A Pékin, à 1.500km de là, les immeubles ont bougé pendant plus de deux minutes et des milliers de personnes ont été évacuées d’immeubles à Pékin mais on ne recensait dans l’immédiat ni dégât ni victime.

Sur l’île de Taïwan, à quelque 160km au large de la côte sud-est de la Chine, le séisme a été ressenti dans la capitale Taïpeh. AP


Quake jolts southwest China, premier to visit scene
Mon May 12, 2008 4:50am EDT

By Lindsay Beck

BEIJING (Reuters) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck China’s Sichuan province on Monday, less than 100 km (60 miles) from the provincial capital of Chengdu, followed by a series of smaller tremors.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or major damage.

The quake was felt across much of China and as far southwest as Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, some 3,300 km (2,050 miles) away, where office buildings swayed for several minutes.

Premier Wen Jiabao was flying to Chengdu, a fast-growing metropolis of 10 million people and famous for its Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, state television said. President Hu Jintao had demanded that any injured are rescued immediately, Xinhua news agency said.

The city is around 1,300 miles southwest of Beijing.

“All the buildings are swaying back and forth,” said a university student in the central city of Wuhan, adding that people had rushed outside and one single-storey building had collapsed.

“We felt continuous shaking for about two or three minutes,” said another office worker. “All the people in our office are rushing downstairs. We’re still feeling slight tremblings.”

An employee at the local newspaper in Mianyang in Sichuan said there had been several earthquakes. USGS said there had been an aftershock of magnitude 6.0 at 2:43 a.m. EDT (0643 GMT) in roughly the same location and another at 3:34 a.m.
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSSP23973420080512


China Is Hit by 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Near Chengdu (Update3)

By Aaron Sheldrick and Eugene Tang

May 12 (Bloomberg) — China was hit by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake near the central city of Chengdu, the U.S. Geological Survey said, causing buildings to shake in Beijing more than 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) away.

The quake struck 90 kilometers west-northwest of Chengdu at 2:28 p.m. local time at a depth of 10 kilometers, the USGS said on its Web site. A magnitude 6 quake struck the area about 15 minutes later. Chengdu is the provincial capital of Sichuan and has a population of about 11 million people.

Walls were cracked in some buildings in Chengdu, state- owned Xinhua news agency reported, citing correspondents on the scene. There wasn’t any major damage, the agency said. Troops were being sent to Wenchuan, a city of 111,800 people and one of the closest population centers to the quake, Xinhua said.

Phone calls from Beijing couldn’t be connected to Chengdu and mobile phone networks were down in Beijing and Shanghai. China Telecom Corp. spokesman Jacky Yung couldn’t immediately comment on damage when contacted on his mobile phone.

Officials at the U.S. embassy in Beijing couldn’t reach the American consulate in Chengdu, spokeswoman Susan Stevenson said.

The quake shook buildings in Beijing for more than three minutes and traffic stopped. Office workers were seen scrambling to get out of China World Tower, one of Beijing’s tallest building. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Shaking was felt as far as Bangkok and Hong Kong.

The quake sparked panic in cities and towns across Sichuan and other central provinces, Xinhua said. No damage was reported at the Three Gorges Dam in Sichuan province, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.

The earthquake struck about 350 kilometers west-northwest of Chongqing, a city of about 30 million in central China.

It was the world’s strongest quake since a 7.8 magnitude temblor struck south of Fiji in the Pacific Ocean in December last year, according to the USGS Web site.

To contact the reporters on this story: Aaron Sheldrick in Tokyo at asheldrick@bloomberg.net; Eugene Tang in Beijing on eugenetang@bloomberg.net.

Last Updated: May 12, 2008 04:27 EDT

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