The effects of the Great Sichuan earthquake a decade later •

Last update: December 13th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the long-term impacts of the Great Sichuan earthquake that struck south-central China on May 12, 2008.

The 7.9-magnitude tremor caused major changes to the landscape that are still visible ten years later.

When deadly landslides blocked the flow of some of the rivers across the region, water levels rose and created more than 20 “quake lakes.”

This image, captured on April 2, 2018, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8, shows one such quake lake in Beichuan County where the water levels have lowered significantly.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


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