The 2008 Ms 8.0 Wenchuan earthquake was the most disastrous event in China since the 1976 Tangshan M 7.8 earthquake. More than 80,000 people were killed, over 370,000 people were injured, and the total economic loss reached more than US $100 billion, as reported by the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC; 2008). The earthquake initiated at 14:28:04 Beijing Time (06:28:04 UTC), with epicenter location at 31.00° N, 103.37° E, and depth of 14.5 km. The rupture was discontinuous with a total length of 340 km (Zhang et al., 2010) and with maximum right lateral and...

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