Multiple earthquakes, with the strongest two measuring 5.7 and 5.6 on the Richter scale, struck the mountainous rural regions of Yunnan and Guizhou, in the Yiliang and Weining counties in southwest China on Friday 7 September 2012, killing at least 80 people and injuring more than 160 others. As a result of the earthquakes in this mountainous area, landslides have also been experienced. The most serious damage was in Yiliang county, where the majority of the fatalities occurred. An estimated 100,000 people have been evacuated and approximately 20,000 houses were destroyed.
The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and China State Oceanic Administration’s (SOA’s) National Satellite Ocean Application Service (NSOAS) signed on 30 August 2012 a cooperation agreement on the exchange of oceanographic satellite data
Jointly with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, UN-SPIDER is organising the international conference "Risk Assessment in the Context of Global Climate Change". The Conference will take place on 7-9 November 2012 at Zhongmin Plaza, Beijing.
This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis
In the last few decades, Earth observation has become an essential tool to deal with global challenges, such as poverty reduction, ecological protection, natural resources management, biodiversity, migration, urbanization and global change.
On the sidelines of the 55th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), the Chinese BeiDou/COMPASS satellitemodel was inaugurated on 8 June 2012 in Vienna, Austria. The model is donated by the People's Republic of China.
The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated on 12 May 2012 by the China National Committee for Disaster Reduction for major floods in Gansu Province. Hail and torrential rain, on 11th May, have caused flooding in Minxian County, Gansu Province. The storms have affected towns and villages, leading to widespread evacuations and destruction of homes and the loss of crops. The disaster has affected an estimated 404,900 people.