SF Bay Area American Canyon 6.0 Earthquake, Chinese Reactions

Products fallen on the ground from a supermarket's shelves after a 6.0 earthquake near San Francisco in Northern California with an epicenter in American Canyon.

Products fallen on the ground from a supermarket's shelves after a 6.0 earthquake near San Francisco in Northern California with an epicenter in American Canyon.

From NetEase & Sina:

6.0 Earthquake North of San Francisco, United States, Epicenter 11 Kilometers Deep

CCTV News:

Currently No Report of Casualties — 3:20am local time, a 6.0 Richter-scale earthquake occurred at American Canyon in Northern California of the United States. At present, there are no reports of casualties. The earthquake was felt in San Francisco, with California residents using social media websites to post photos of items having been knocked over in their homes. The California Highway Patrol has begun inspecting the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.

6.0 Earthquake Occurred North of San Francisco in the United States — According to United States Geological Survey information, at 18:20 Beijing time, a 6.0 Richter-scale earthquake occurred to the north of San Francisco, California in the United States (latitude: 38.21° longitude: 122.32°), with epicenter at a depth of 11 kilometers.


Comments from NetEase:

飓风YGVH [网易云南省手机网友]:

Sitting here waiting for casualty figures.

网易新疆手机网友 ip:49.119.*.*

I guarantee there won’t be more than a few deaths.

十三只猴子 [网易浙江省金华市手机网友]:

Yikes! Now there’s something to compare [the recent Yunnan earthquake] with.

黄易物质文明办主任 [网易澳大利亚手机网友]:

The people of imperialist America live in an abyss of suffering.

[Note: This is a sarcastic allusion to old communist propaganda.]

网易湖北省武汉市手机网友 ip:113.57.*.*

The shorter the news, the bigger the incident.

evanzhan [网易广东省珠海市手机网友]:

For stand-alone houses, this kind of earthquake can be completely disregarded.

网易江苏省苏州市昆山市手机网友 ip:58.209.*.*

Imperialist America, grasps core technology.

RAY78567zml [网易美国手机网友]:

I felt it.

没有跟帖就是最好跟帖 [网易四川省成都市手机网友]:

Why hasn’t the American military entered the disaster area? Why aren’t they rescuing disaster victims in the rubble? Why haven’t Americans lit candles? Why hasn’t the American Red Cross distributed blankets to the disaster victims? Why aren’t they erecting tents for the people in the disaster area?

[Note: This comment is sarcastically juxtaposing the difference in respone to the recent Yunnan earthquake.]

955c09b77e98ba9bc42d7bfe [网易埃及手机网友]:



From NetEase:

6.0 Earthquake in San Francisco, United States, Currently 89 Injured, None Dead

China News Service, Napa, August 24 report — At around 3:20am on August 24 local time, the San Francisco Bay Area experienced a 6.0 Richter scale earthquake, with the epicenter being American Canyon in Napa Valley located about 60 kilometers northeast of San Francisco. Afterward there were also over 60 small-scale aftershocks. At present, there have been no fatalities and 89 injured.

This China News Service reporter located over 80 kilometers to the southwest of the epicenter was awoken by strong shaking, and drove one and a half hours to the Napa city center that was most severely hit. Travel along the roads and bridges along the way was smooth, with the 101, 80, 37, or 12 freeways nor the Bay Bridge and [unknown] Bridge all unimpeded. Entering downtown Napa, electricity had been cut, traffic lights were no longer working, and rescue vehicles and helicopters could be seen.

In downtown where there was the most damage, on the 3rd Street and Main Street commercial street, large blocks of stone had fallen from the historic courthouse walls, while the law office and shops across the street also had cracks and crumbling of their walls, with one parked car near the building having been smashed by a stone.

Multiple historic buildings suffered damage, including the post office and library. The glass doors and windows of several stores had been shattered, with shattered glass covering the ground.

A pipeline for a shopping center had burst, flooding a clothing store, with employees cleaning up the glass and accumulated water.

Local police have put up police lines in front of multiple damaged buildings, warning people to keep their distance.

In front of the Napa Queen of the Valley Medical Center, hospital president Walk Mikens said to this China News Service reporter that there were 89 injuries, with most of them being light injuries such as cuts and bruises. There are two adults and one child with serious injuries, including bone fractures and head injuries, but were not life-threatening.

Information from Napa police say there were perhaps six mobile homes that caught fire, but no injuries.

This China News Service reporter observed that city residents were calm, with some storefronts in the process of cleaning up fallen items and broken glass, while others were providing hot drinks for pedestrians passing by.

The San Francisco Bay Area is located in an earthquake belt, with the last major earthquake being 25 years ago in 1989 when a 6.8 earthquake occurred. (End)

(Original title: 6.0 Earthquake in America’s San Francisco Bay Area, So Far No Deaths, 89 Injured)


Comments from NetEase:

拒绝穿内裤的男人 [网易广东省中山市网友]:

Tomorrow’s headline: American Soldiers Cook Instant Noodles in Muddy Water

[Note: This sarcastically alludes to a controversial photo and story of Chinese soldiers part of the disaster response to the recent Yunnan earthquake having to cook their meal in muddy water.]

网易上海市手机网友 [毛大米]:

This earthquake in the United States is a warning tot he United States, that if the United States continues to run amok and commit outrages [in the world], North America will become a sea of fire [be destroyed].

GD250 [网易云南省昆明市手机网友]: (responding to above)

Then how should China’s earthquakes be explained? Scum.

围观傻X [网易上海市网友]:

Without deaths, how are American government officials supposed to earn praise for their performance? How are they supposed to show their devotion to the people? How are they supposed to launch necessary measures? How are they supposed to get donations to buy nice things?

狗熊说我很快乐 [网易湖北省武汉市网友]:

No deaths.

[Note: This comment is drawing attention to the difference in death tolls between an earthquake in America versus China, such as in the recent Yunnan earthquake.]

何时开灯 [网易湖北省咸宁市网友]:

“rescue vehicles and helicopters could be seen”
Why? The Evil Imperialist America is able to dispatch helicopters this fast after a disaster?

淫得一手好濕 [网易河南省郑州市手机网友]:

Those who upvote me will be Americans in their next life!

ystahzy [网易广东省广州市荔湾区网友]:

Truly a great/impressive country!! It cannot be disputed. There are no tofu dregs construction, no fallen over buildings!! *thumbs up*

摸着石头就是不过河 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

Why is a degenerate capitalist country better than superior socialist countries in everything?

外国的那点事 [网易浙江省温州市网友]:

1. San Francisco earthquake does not mean an earthquake in San Francisco city. You have to consider the epicenter. San Francisco city was 40 miles away from the epicenter.
2. There are mistakes in this news report. There are a lot of buildings in the Napa region that have been destroyed. Some bridges and roads are broken.
3. The population density around the epicenter is very low. Additionally, San Francisco is an area with a lot of earthquakes, prohibiting the construction of too many high-rise buildings. Most buildings are wooden structures. These are the core reasons why there are few casualties.
4. Whether it is the epicenter or San Francisco, there have already been multiple incidents of smashing-and-looting and intentional criminal behavior at supermarkets and shopping centers, with armed United States National Guard responding.
5. What American officials are more concerned with is whether or not there will be an accompanying tsunami, but so far there hasn’t been.
6. San Francisco is the city with the second highest proportion of ethnic Chinese (first is Toronto). Shouldn’t we first express some concern for these ethnic Chinese?
7. The crack in Mexico, the San Francisco earthqake, the Chili earthquake, such heavily seismic regions often release [geological] energy…

louis兰和玉 [网易加拿大手机网友]:

If you fenqing dislike your own country this much, you can figure out a way to get lost off to America. No one is stopping you. Why aren’t there any deaths? Because American residential homes are almost all wood construction, single-family stand-alone “houses” [compared to apartment buildings], while China’s buildings are almost all brick construction, so casualties will naturally be higher. China’s 1.3 billion population all living in wooden houses is simply unreaslistic. Those who can afford them are all rich people, living in “villas”. If China’s population was also 300 million, we too could all be living in our own [stand-alone, single-family] houses. The issue is China’s population. Fuck, think of how just how little the population is of the entire North American continent [in comparison to China]. Complainers only know how to complain!


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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