Earthquake near Beijing
By avalon on Jul 04, 2006
Yesterday, at 11:56am local time, the earth moved for us. Here at Sun, our building did a little sway in response to a small earthquake some distance away. For me, sitting next to a window, I could see the building move against the view of the ground outside.
So how big was it? The USGS web site has in its report that it measured 4.9 on the reichter scale. In the ChinaDaily newspaper, the story today mentions 5.1. The USGS website also says 90km south of Beijing, the newspaper 120km. After reading a story yesterday about unauthorised reporting of current affairs in China leading to fines because of accuracy concerns. If a common paper such as the ChinaDaily can't get its facts straight (and I'm inclined to believe USGS over ChinaDaily), what hope does this law have of achieving accurate information being disseminated?