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Guangzhou Earthquakes

Guangzhou has always been a small earthquake prone areas. Guangzhou does not belong to an earthquake zone.

Historical records
Seismic records have been recorded more than 24 felt earthquakes Grade 3 in Guangzhou. Among which 15 times are between grade 3-3.5, 7 times between grade 4-4.5, 1 time grade 4.75 and 1 time grade 5-5.5.

There are no disastrous earthquake records found in the history of Guangzhou.

Latest News:
China Earthquake Networks reports that, at 11:34 on February 22, 2013, a 4.8 earthquake occurred in Heyuan City, Dongyuan County, Guangdong Province (23.9 degrees north latitude, 114.5 degrees east longitude), the focal depth of 11 km. The tremor was felt obvious in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Panyu.
Heyuan Earthquake, Guangzhou
Heyuan Earthquake, Guangzhou

History Record:
According to the China earthquake measuring network report, an earthquake occurred on February 16, 2012 02:34 Beijing time in Heyuan City, Dongyuan County, Guangdong Province (latitude 24.0 north, longitude 114.5). 4.8 earthquake occurred 13 km focal depth. The epicentral distance of the the Dongyuan county about 34 kilometers, approximately 34 kilometers from the Heyuan City, about 160 kilometers from Guangzhou city. It is said that the city of Heyuan, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Meizhou felt the earthquake.

According to an risk assessment of earthquake disaster in 30 provincial cities from scientists, Guangzhou rows in the 25th. And the UERDI of Jiangmen is more than 0.25 with a large risk. So experts advice to strengthen the prevention of earthquake. Experts believe that though the magnitude of Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 is lower than the great earthquake in Kunlun in 2001's, the losses caused by and the concern of the former is more than the latter. Because it involves a lot of cities or towns, while the latter is happened in uninhabited areas.

Research shows that the earthquake risk rank of Guangzhou is the 6th from the bottom in a list of 30 cities, and is higher than Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing and other cities', but much lower than the cities' such as Shijiazhuang, Chengdu, Haikou. The UERDI of Jiangmen, Huaihua, Atushi, Kashi and other 40 cities is more than 0.25, with a great risk. So the experts advice to strengthen the prevention of earthquake in these cities. Haikou, Beijing and other cities are near the source of the earthquake equivalent magnitude, but due to the seismic ability and other human factors, earthquake risk rate is relatively low. According to the literature, the Pearl River Delta had not happened an earthquake exceed magnitude 6.0. While Earthquakes occur in Guangzhou only once in a blue moon. so that the public even the government officials have the illusion that earthquake will never happen in the Pearl River Delta. The experts pointed out that, in fact, the whole southeast coast of China is in the circum-Pacific seismic belt, and the location of the Pearl River Delta is 7 degrees of seismic intensity zone. "Therefore, our seismic awareness can not be paralyzed!" From a touring chart our reporter notice that Guangdong coastal areas are basically at the seismic belt. Among them, Chaoshan area is in the seismic zone of more than 8 degrees of intensity and almost the entire Pearl River Delta and other coastal areas are in the seismic zone of the 7 degrees of intensity.

Three indicators of the evaluation of earthquake risk:
1. The disaster intensity factors
Such as the city is near the source of the earthquake equivalent magnitude.

2. The vulnerability index of hazard bearing body
population, GDP, building seismic capacity.

3. Responsiveness
evacuation, rescue and other emergency response capabilities.,,,
Author/Editor By : HCT