St. Petersburg, FL - 9
Sylva, NC - 28
Chengdu - 107 (orange = "lightly polluted")
Xi'an - 242 (purple ="heavily polluted")
Beijing - 161 (red ="moderately polluted")
Personally, I do not wish to breath even "lightly polluted" air. Either citizens here are ignorant or being lied to or they think they are immune. The results are already in with the amount of lung disease, asthma, and childhood illness. Let's see what the health stats are when these two generations - who ave been breathing poison for most of their lives - reach their 70s! Ugh!
Current studies show air has improved in the larger cities, but it is still 150-200 points higher than is safe and healthy to breathe!
Even in Xi'an-- a much smaller city than Chengdu-- the air was very polluted! Surprisingly, in Beijing, the air was clean for our entire visit during New Year's!
At 12:50 pm Beijing time, my apartment swayed and shook, and one of my doors clicked open and shut. There were rattles and creaks as I felt the oddest sensation of dizziness for about 5 seconds or so. After about the first 2 seconds, I knew it was an earthquake, and yet it was still very physically disorienting; I felt like I had vertigo. The swaying and shaking lasted approximately 5-10 seconds, although it is hard to gauge exactly.
Apparently, the quake originated about 260 km south of Chengdu, in Yibin City, Xingwen County. Yibin is located in the same province I live in: Sichuan Province. Back in 2013, the same area received much damage from two quakes registering 4.2 and 4.4; both occurred on the same day. The quake that I just felt began at 12:45pm and registered 4.4, although other seismographic sites showed a higher intensity of 5.4.
I have learned that there are frequent earthquakes in this area -- several per year! Chengdu is slightly southwest the Longmenshan Fault line, and major earthquakes have killed thousands of people in 2008, 2010, and 2017. This is a small, non-comprehensive set of data I’ve found during my last hour of research since the quake one hour ago; there have been many more quakes of varying intensities over the decades.
Although it may not prove necessary, since no quake damage has occurred in Chengdu, I will buy an emergency first aid kit and stock up some water.
Hmmm ... I avoided hurricanes for a decade while living in the Caribbean and Florida; let’s hope I can avoid a major earthquake while in China!