China: Commentary: Is Sichuan more prone to earthquakes?

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Today, Mediacorp Press Ltd.

By Wei Shengji, Assistant Professor at Earth Observatory

Barely 10 years since the Great Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan, China, the province has been rocked by another high-profile earthquake.

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But, even though the Sichuan region is susceptible to induced earthquakes that are triggered by fracking, it has always been vulnerable to such hazards because of its geology.

We need more scientific research and analysis to better understand the relationship between this most recent earthquake and human activities, and establish if it is a cause-and-effect one. 

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The good news is, since the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, overall seismic monitoring and earthquake studies have greatly improved in China, especially in the Sichuan region.

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