|Date||8 August 2017|
|Origin time||21:19:49.570 CST (UTC+8) (USGS)|
|Magnitude||Ms 7.0 (CENC)
Mw 6.5 (USGS)
|Depth||about 20 kilometres (CENC)
9 kilometres (USGS)
Zhangzha Town, Jiuzhaigou County, Ngawa Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
|Areas affected||Sichuan Province, Gansu Province and Shaanxi Province|
|Max. intensity||VII (USGS)|
|Aftershocks||1,741 (including 30 major aftershocks)|
|Casualties||24 dead, 493 injured, including 45 critically injured|
The 2017 Jiuzhaigou earthquake occurred on 8 August 2017, in Zhangzha Town, Jiuzhaigou County, Ngawa Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China. The earthquake was registered at Ms 7.0 and killed at least 24 people in the mountainous region of northern Sichuan.
The earthquake struck at 21:19:46 China Standard Time (CST, UTC+8) on 8 August 2017 in Zhangzha Town in Jiuzhaigou County ( ) with magnitude 7.0.[a][b] Cities as far away as Lanzhou, Chengdu and Xi'an felt the quake. The epicenter was 39 kilometres from the county seat of Jiuzhaigou County, 66 kilometres from Songpan County, 83 kilometres from Zhouqu County, 90 kilometres from Zoigê County, 105 kilometres from Longnan City, and 285 kilometres from Chengdu City.
Northern Sichuan lies in an area with high tectonic activity. In this region, the Tibetan Plateau abuts against the Yangtze Plate with immense pressure forming faults along the edges. Jiuzhaigou County is located in the Min Mountains, a range that was formed at the intersection of these faults. The devastating 1879 Gansu earthquake had its epicenter approximately 65 km (40 mi) to the east of where the 2017 Jiuzhaigou earthquake occurred. The mountainous areas to the south of Jiuzhaigou County were the epicenter of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake that resulted in tens of thousands of fatalities.
According to what the China Earthquake Administration announced, the graph showed that the seismic intensity could be higher than level IX, and the earthquake epicentre in Zhangzha County could reach level VIII.
After the earthquake, the entire Jiuzhaigou County completely suffered a power failure. The eyewitnesses found that some buildings had fallen off in Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area. The staff of the Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area told the correspondent from Xinhua News Agency that in the fourth ditch of the Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area a house had collapsed and cracked, and the locals were stepping up to evacuate people.
The China Earthquake Administration put up a Level I reaction, changing to Level II afterwards, and sent troops to the earthquake area for rescue. At 21:26 CST (UTC+8), Health and Family Planning Commission of Sichuan Province started an emergency plan, and the medical rescue team was going to head to the earthquake area within one hour. The Red Cross Society of China, Sichuan Branch was on emergency standby, preparing for rescue. In the small hours the next day, China's State Council Earthquake relief headquarters established national level Ⅱ earthquake emergency response.
At 06:20 CST on 9 August, a Shuajingsi Town (刷经寺镇) militia vehicle had a traffic collision to a Sichuan F (Deyang) coach in Hongyuan County, Ngawa Prefecture. 3 people from the coach were injured and were being medically treated.
Until 9 August 2017, there were 40 people critically injured, 7 of whom were transferred to other hospitals, 4 to West China Hospital of Sichuan University, and the rest to Jiuzhaigou County Hospital and Zhongzang Hospital.
The Emergency Management Office of the Ngawa Prefecture, Sichuan Province announced that until 13:10 CST on 9 August, the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Zhangzha Town in Jiuzhaigou County killed 19 people and injured 247 people, including 40 people critically injured. The following day, the death toll rose to 20 with over 400 injured. Deaths and injuries mainly occurred in Zhangzha Town in Jiuzhaigou County.
|CST date and time||Fatalities||Injuries||Sources||References|
|Critical injuries||Minor injuries||Total injuries|
|2017-08-08 21:19:46||(main tremor occurred)||China Earthquake Networks Center
|2017-08-08 23:39||1||4||4||Chengdu Tourism Administration
|2017-08-08 23:58||5||63||Emergency Management Office of the Jiuzhaigou County
|2017-08-09 02:08||5||88||China Central Television
|2017-08-09 04:00||9||32||103||135||Information Office of Ngawa Prefecture Government
|2017-08-09 05:00||9||164||Emergency Management Office of Ngawa Prefecture Government
|2017-08-09 08:10||12||Ngawa Weibo
|2017-08-09 08:58||12||28||147||175||People's Daily
|2017-08-09 09:30||13||175||Information Office of Sichuan Province Government
|2017-08-09 13:10||19||40||207||247||Emergency Management Office of Ngawa Prefecture Government
|2017-08-10 12:00||20||18||413||431||Emergency Management Office of the Jiuzhaigou County
|2017-08-11 19:00||23||45||448||493||Emergency Management Office of Ngawa Prefecture Government
|*All the times are reporting times, so the reported casualties might possibly be different from the actual casualties.|
As of 10 August 2017 10:00 CST (UTC+8), 1,741 aftershocks had occurred, including 30 major ones. Some experts predicted that the aftershocks might reach a magnitude of 6 after several days. The major aftershocks reported by China Earthquake Networks Center are listed below:
|#||CST date and time||Epicentre||Depth||magnitude||Sources|
|Main||2017-08-08 21:19:46||Jiuzhaigou County, Ngawa Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China||20 kilometres||7.0|||
|1||2017-08-08 21:28:55||5 kilometres||3.2|||
|2||2017-08-08 21:41:34||9 kilometres||3.3|||
|3||2017-08-08 23:04:56||5 kilometres||3.2|||
|4||2017-08-08 23:49:18||9 kilometres||3.0|||
|5||2017-08-08 23:51:12||10 kilometres||3.1|||
|6||2017-08-09 00:35:17||20 kilometres||3.2|||
|7||2017-08-09 03:59:09||10 kilometres||3.0|||
|8||2017-08-09 05:16:02||10 kilometres||3.6|||
|9||2017-08-09 05:37:14||17 kilometres||3.6|||
|10||2017-08-09 05:41:09||10 kilometres||3.3|||
|11||2017-08-09 06:24:49||18 kilometres||3.0|||
|12||2017-08-09 06:49:03||18 kilometres||3.2|||
|13||2017-08-09 06:49:31||13 kilometres||3.3|||
|14||2017-08-09 08:10:09||23 kilometres||3.7|||
|15||2017-08-09 08:29:04||13 kilometres||3.9|||
|16||2017-08-09 09:22:14||19 kilometres||3.8|||
|17||2017-08-09 09:32:47||19 kilometres||3.7|||
|18||2017-08-09 10:17:02||26 kilometres||4.8|||
|19||2017-08-09 14:41:00||Heishui County, Ngawa Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China||18 kilometres||2.9|||
|20||2017-08-09 20:03:03||Jiuzhaigou County, Ngawa Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China||24 kilometres||3.1|||
|21||2017-08-10 02:30:50||26 kilometres||3.1|||
|22||2017-08-10 03:02:13||19 kilometres||3.7|||
|23||2017-08-10 03:06:09||24 kilometres||3.0|||
|24||2017-08-10 05:05:54||26 kilometres||4.3|||
|25||2017-08-10 09:54:02||27 kilometres||3.2|||
|26||2017-08-10 15:30:09||26 kilometres||2.8|||
|27||2017-08-10 17:38:31||19 kilometres||3.0|||
|28||2017-08-10 17:48:34||26 kilometres||4.1|||
|29||2017-08-11 08:05:09||25 kilometres||3.0|||
|30||2017-08-11 19:26:21||26 kilometres||3.4|||