another one

August 31st, 2008

Another quake in Sichuan, though not as big or as devastating as May’s, and it seems Matt felt it down in Kunming. I dunno, when a San Franciscan describes a quake as “pretty decent-sized” I’m inclined to think it was reasonably powerful, and 6.1 on the Richter scale is nothing to be sneezed at.

6 Responses to “another one”

  1. John Says:

    I saw Matt’s post about the quake in Kunming, but must admit that the Sichuan one passed me by. I don’t know whether it was felt/noticed here at all.

  2. wangbo Says:

    Clearly, John, you didn’t notice it. It doesn’t seem to have left much of an impression at all, the only article I’ve seen was that very short one on Al J, and yet the quake was on Saturday. But geological and geographical factors may well have made the shaking more noticeable in Kunming than in Chengdu.

  3. Matt Schiavenza Says:

    Yeah- Panzhihua is actually much closer to Kunming than to Chengdu, so it’s likely we’d feel it far more than you would, John. Two new ones today, one of which completely spooked my Polish girlfriend who has never felt one before. The one today was large enough that I nearly…nearly…left my perch on the couch to stand under the door frame. But it passed.

  4. wangbo Says:

    Wow, those must be pretty big quakes. It was on the news on TV last night, forget which channel, and the damage up in Panzhihua looked pretty bad.

  5. John Says:

    I got the impression from the location that Panzhihua is too far away from Chengdu for the effects of a 6.1 quake to be felt here because the strength of the shockwaves had dissipated too much by the time they arrived. Wouldn’t be surprised if it set off local seismographs, but not much else.

  6. wangbo Says:

    Xinhua said it was felt in Chengdu, but that would’ve been minor and would depend very much on the building and geological factors.