||On April 20th, 2013 at 8:02 am local time (GMT 00:02, Taiwan time 08:02 am), Lushan County, Sichuan, China and nearby area was shocked by an earthquake of Ms 7.0. According to reports of the CENC (China Earthquake Networks Center), the epicenter of this earthquake event located 33 degree north latitude and 103.3 degree longitude and the depth of hypocenter was 13 kilometers. There were 8791 aftershocks to be recorded still May 12 after this main shock sourced by the China Earthquake Administration. Officials also reported that this earthquake event resulted in 196 people killed, 21 missing and 11470 injured.
After occurrence of the Lushan Earthquake, both directors of Moe Cheung, Director of Western China Earthquake and Hazards Mitigation Research Centre (WCEHMRC), and Kuo-Chun Chang, Director of National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), Taiwan, co-organized a reconnaissance team which was entering the disaster area within the first week of this earthquake event to collect the first hand information of earthquake disaster and to acquire lessons from a view of engineering. The reconnaissance team consisted of professors, researchers, and engineers from the WCEHMRC, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Department of Architecture, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, the Ruentex Group, Taiwan, and the NCREE. This report was focused on damages of buildings, bridges and non-structural equipments, and land sliding of sloping fields.