Wenchuan County is a county in Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China, People's Republic of China. The county has an area of and a population of 106,119 as of 2005. 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.

Wenchuan earthquake

On May 12, 2008, an earthquake with Moment magnitude scale, 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. The Seismic scale#Intensity scales, seismic intensity was the highest, reaching level XI in the China seismic intensity scale, China Seismic Intensity Scale. After the earthquake, the central government enforced stricter requirements for seismic design in this area. 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.


Wenchuan County has eight town (China), towns and four Township (People's Republic of China), townships:National Bureau of Statistics, Wenchuan County
visited on January 15, 2020.
*Towns: **Weizhou, Wenchuan County, Weizhou (威州镇) **Yingxiu (映秀镇) **Wolong, Wenchuan County, Wolong (卧龙镇) **Shuimo (水磨镇) **Xuankou (漩口镇) **Sanjiang, Wenchuan County, Sanjiang (三江镇) **Gengda Township, Gengda (耿达镇) **Miansi (绵虒镇) *Townships: **Longxi Township, Wenchuan County, Longxi (龙溪乡) **Keku, Wenchuan County, Keku (克枯乡) **Yanmen, Wenchuan County, Yanmen (雁门乡) **Yinxing, Wenchuan County, Yinxing (银杏乡)


*China National Highway 317 *China National Highway 213



External links

Official website of Wenchuan County Government
{{Authority control Wenchuan County, County-level divisions of Sichuan Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture