Phenomena of 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake and Their Possible Common Cause

Phenomena of 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake and Their Possible Common Cause

Event Type: 

  • Seminar


ASE 3D Visualisation Laboratory (N2-B1c-16c)


6 March, 2018 - 04:00

About the Event: 

Since the occurrence of the devastating Wenchuan Earthquake M8.0 in Sichuan, China on May 12, 2008, many people including the speaker have actively participated in the investigation of the nature of the earthquake.  In this seminar, the speaker will report the findings of his investigation including many quake-related phenomena that happened before, during and after the quaking. They include co-seismic ruptures, landslides, tsunami in reservoir water, sky color changes, air temperature, and gas fields in west Sichuan Basin. He will discuss the most possible common cause that can logically and systematically link the observed phenomena together.  The possible common cause is the rapid migration and fast expansion of highly compressed methane gas in the crustal rocks and soils. The gas was rapidly escaped from its reservoir in deep fault.

About the Speaker: 

Zhong-qi Quentin Yue

University of Hong Kong

Zhong-qi Quentin Yue is a Professor tenured at Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong. He received BSc and MSc degrees’ education in earthquake and geology at Peking University from 1979 to 1986, and PhD degree’s education in geomechanics at Carleton University from 1988 to 1992, one-year NSERC’s PDF experience at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) from 1992 to 1993. Prior to joining HKU in Dec. 1999, Professor Yue had a total of ten years industrial working experience with Halcrow China Ltd. in Hong Kong, NRC’s Institute for Research in Construction in Ottawa, and the Ministry of Urban and Rural Construction and Environmental Protection of China in Beijing. He has made more than 400 publications including three books, 200 journal articles, 150 conference papers and two USA/China patents, and written 70 geotechnical reports. He has given more than 500 invited lectures/seminars at more than 100 conferences and more than 100 institutions worldwide. He has received some prestigious awards including the Excellent Contributions Award from International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics in 2008.