Earthquake in China, Aug. 2014

Global Map of and around Zhaotong, Yunnan, China

1.Release of the maps

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake (source by USGS) which hit southwestern China at 4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. Japan time) on August 3 caused a great deal of damage to Ludian county in Zhaotong city in Yunnan province, which is the epicenter of this earthquake, and its vicinity. In relation to this earthquake, Global Map of Ludian county in Zhaotong city in Yunnan province and its vicinity is released.
The maps show the position of the epicenter and provide information on landform and land use of and around the epicenter.

2.Use of this map

These maps are freely available for non-commercial purposes.

3.Global Mapping Project

Global Mapping project is an endeavor advocated by the Ministry of Construction (present Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) in 1992 to develop a digital map (Global Map) covering the whole globe to accurately express the status of global environment, implemented in international cooperation of respective National Mapping Organizations (NMOs) of the world. The Global Map can be used for studying global environmental problems, etc.

The Global Map data development is underway steered by the International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM). The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) serves as the ISCGM Secretariat which takes a central role of the project management. The GSI also provides developing countries with necessary technologies.

The details of the project are shown at the following website.