Earthquake Engineering

Quality of 'Macau-built' structures in Yaan under scrutiny

A damaged wall inside the Lingguan Secondary School in Yaan city, Baoxing county, Sichuan. Photo: Screenshot via

Large cracks were seen on the exterior of the Ling Guan Secondary School in Sichuan province’s Baoxing county, near the epicentre of the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck the region on Saturday morning, killing at least 192 people.

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Volunteers reach out to grieving Japanese

Although she had a week off, lawyer Terry Chan Suk-chi didn't take a break - she went to Japan to help those who lost loved ones in last year's earthquake and tsunami deal with their grief and fear.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Frog invasion spawns fears of earthquake

Tens of thousands of frogs have appeared on suburban roads in Wuhan and Nanjing, prompting fears among residents that they could be signalling an imminent earthquake.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

Images will never fade

Today is a day that all Japanese people - and many around the world - will never forget. On this day 12months ago Japan was hit by a huge magnitude 9.0 earthquake - the biggest to ever strike Japan, and the world's fifth largest since modern records began in 1900.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Could it happen here?

At a recent luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Central, business executives, lawyers and journalists mingled while feasting on sole fillet and beef goulash. It was the sort of event at which people do not take themselves - or anything - too seriously.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Images to 'revive' Japan

Five students at the University of Hong Kong have organised a photography competition, 'Japan, Endless Discovery', to promote the revitalisation of the nation.

It marks the first anniversary of the massive earthquake and resulting tsunami that devastated Japan and caused a nuclear disaster.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Geologist is crying wolf on earthquake threat facing HK

Next time you go the beach, try a small experiment. Choose a flattish patch of damp sand below the high-tide mark but above the level of the sea. Then tap gently on the surface of the sand with the sole of your foot.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tsunami victims 'need to hear normal voices'

Ordinary Hongkongers have been called on to help counsel Japanese survivors of the tsunami, amid fears that the suicide rate among victims had yet to peak.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

Asia Society offers a costly handshake ... with an American

We see that the Asia Society is continuing its policy of gouging those who turn up at its events.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Rules for building safety pay off

The earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan six months ago appears to have caused no more than a rumble in Tokyo's property market. Tragically, for so many communities, at least 135,000 homes were destroyed and whole neighbourhoods wiped out in the disaster that killed nearly 16,000.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Green buildings gain ground in HK

Hong Kong has never been shy about embracing eye-catching skyscrapers, but these days, it is also focusing on the design and sustainability of buildings.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Six months on, victims despair

Six months after their lives were turned upside down by the most powerful earthquake to strike Japan in living memory, many people in the Tohoku region of northeast Japan are still struggling to come to terms with their new reality.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Sichuan firm wins quake contract

An earthquake warning system developed by a hi-tech start-up in Sichuan province has won a contract from Haiti, giving China a foothold in a field dominated by Japan.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Improving the regulation of rare-earth exports will help us to protect the environment

Vice-Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan, saying China will continue to regulate rare- earth exports according to Chinese law and WTO rules

The devil is dancing

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

HK officials won't risk blame for a property market quake

The army of Hong Kongers who took to the streets in protest last Friday had a list of grievances as long as your arm. But among the loudest of their complaints was the prohibitive cost of housing in the city.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am