Wenchuan County

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Wenchuan County

汶川县 · ཝུན་ཁྲོན་རྫོང་།
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Wenchuan panorama in 2013
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Location of Wenchuan County (red) in Ngawa Prefecture (yellow) and Sichuan
Coordinates: 31°28′37″N103°35′24″E / 31.477°N 103.590°E / 31.477; 103.590 Coordinates: 31°28′37″N103°35′24″E / 31.477°N 103.590°E / 31.477; 103.590
Country People's Republic of China
Province Sichuan
Prefecture Ngawa
County seat Weizhou
  Total4,803 km2 (1,854 sq mi)
  Density22/km2 (57/sq mi)
  Major nationalities
Han - 46%
Qiang - 34%
Tibetan - 18.6%
Time zone UTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code(s) 0837
Wenchuan County
Chinese name
Chinese 汶川
Tibetan name
Tibetan ཝུན་ཁྲོན།

Wenchuan County is a county in Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, People's Republic of China.


The county has an area of 4,084 square kilometres (1,577 sq mi) and a population of 106,119 as of 2005. [4]

Wolong National Nature Reserve is a protected area located in Wenchuan County, which houses more than 150 highly endangered giant pandas. The Wolong Special Administrative Region is also located here.

The county was the site of the epicentre and one of the areas most severely hit by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, also known as the Wenchuan earthquake. [5]

Wenchuan earthquake

On May 12, 2008, an earthquake with moment magnitude 7.9 hit the Sichuan Province, with epicentre located in the town of Yingxiu, in Wenchuan county. The county was therefore one of the areas most severely affected by the earthquake. In Chinese, the earthquake is named after the county (the Wenchuan earthquake, 汶川地震), which made its name resonate across the nation. In the county, 15,941 people died, 34,583 were injured, and 7,474 were still missing as of June 6, 2008. [6] [7] The seismic intensity was the highest, reaching level XI in the China Seismic Intensity Scale. [8] After the earthquake, the central government enforced stricter requirements for seismic design in this area. [9] The earthquake also caused many landslides, some of which remained active for years and generated destructive debris flows during the summer rainstorms, which increased the death toll and slowed reconstruction and recovery of the communities in the county. [5] [10]


Wenchuan County has eight towns and four townships: [11]

The monumentale sculpture on the place is Yu the Great (Da Yu ), Qiang people hero and founder of the Xia dynasty. 1 wenchuan sichuan panorama 2013.jpg
The monumentale sculpture on the place is Yu the Great (大禹), Qiang people hero and founder of the Xia dynasty.



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2017 Sichuan landslide

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2017 Jiuzhaigou earthquake 7.0 Mw earthquake which took place near Zhangzha Town on 8 August 2017

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Zhangzha Town Town in Sichuan, Peoples Republic of China

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