September 10 was the Mid-Autumn Festival, and earthquakes occurred in Qinghai, Xinjiang, and Tibet, China. And the death toll for the September 5 earthquake in Sichuan is 88 dead, 423 injured, and 30 still missing. People are wondering how much of the “earthquake after drought” theory has been fulfilled?
Earthquakes in Qinghai, Xinjiang, and Tibet during Mid-Autumn Festival
China Earthquake Network reported that, at 10:01 a.m. on September 10, a 3.7 magnitude earthquake occurred in Menyuan County, Haibei City, Qinghai Province, the epicenter was located at a depth of 5.6 miles.
At 1:51 p.m. on the same day, a 3.7 magnitude earthquake also occurred in Qinghe county, in the Altay region of Xinjiang and the epicenter was located at a depth of 8 miles.
Then, at 4:53 pm on September 10, another earthquake with a magnitude of 3.1 occurred in Ritu District, Ngari Region, Tibet Autonomous Region. The epicenter was located at a depth of 6.2 miles.
Chinese officials have not announced casualties or the economic damage from these earthquakes.
Sichuan earthquake on September 5: at least 88 deaths and 30 missing
On the Mid-Autumn Festival (September 10), a press conference in Shimian district, Ya’an city, Sichuan province said, at 2 p.m. that day, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Luding County, Sichuan on September 5 left 88 people dead, 30 missing and over 400 others injured.
But because the Chinese government always hides the truth, outsiders are often skeptical of official statistics and assume the casualties’ actual number may be higher, the Vision Times reported.
At 12:52 am on September 5, 2022, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake occurred in Luding County, Ganzi County, Sichuan Province.
After the earthquake, a lot of locals tried to get out of their apartment buildings, but were stopped by Dabai (Chinese pandemic prevention officer), they even locked the exits. An officer with a loudspeaker was telling people to return to their homes.
The account @7TAKEDOWNTHECC1 “broke through the firewall” to post a video and wrote on Twitter that: “This is the damage caused by the September 5 earthquake in Luding County, Sichuan to Chengdu, which is over 200 km from Luding. To cover up the true death toll, the CCP deleted all videos and photos on the internet about the incident.”
To what extent is the ‘earthquake after drought’ theory fulfilled?
At the end of August, on the Chinese internet it was rumored that “a large earthquake comes after a major drought,” and Chinese geologist Geng Qingguo who proposed the “earthquake after drought” theory, stated that there is a definite relationship between earthquakes and drought.
However, some netizens questioned the Tangshan earthquake and pointed out that the book “Tangshan Earthquake” mentioned that there were unusual signs a few days before the earthquake, especially just hours before, dogs barked loudly and well water rose. Before the Wenchuan earthquake 14 years ago, in 2008, hundreds of thousands of toads migrated in Mianzhu.
In addition, through historical documents, it can be seen that disastrous earthquakes occurred after droughts.
For example, in 1972, Northern China suffered a severe drought not seen in decades, resulting in a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that occurred in Haicheng, Liaoning in 1975 and a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Tangshan in 1976.
In 1972, a severe drought occurred in Southwest China, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake occurred in Luhuo, Sichuan in 1973, and a 7.1-magnitude earthquake occurred in Zhaotong, Yunnan in 1974.
In addition, in 2006, Sichuan and Chongqing suffered severe drought, the temperature in some areas exceeded 40 C (104 F). This drought continued until 2007. As a result, on May 12, 2008, the shocking Wenchuan earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 occurred.