Although I know many of my readers may be adverse to reading NYT, but they have a good roundup, in the form of a slideshow of the devastation and aftermath of the Ya’an earthquake.
As I know US news is overshadowed with other reports more close to home, let me give you the deets.
Depending on whom you ask, the earthquake ranges from a 6.6. to 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The quake struck April 20th, 8:02a.m. local time. Regardless of which number you decide to consider, at least 160 people are dead, and 5,000 and counting are injured.
Additionally, It was along that same faultline that a devastating magnitude 7.9 quake struck on May 12, 2008, leaving more than 90,000 dead or missing. Unlike in the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, school was not in session as it was a Saturday. 2008’s devastation left many university, kindergarten and other secondary school children dead or severely injured, or worse, missing.
Last item worth mentioning is it seems that the government is acting far more quickly. Over 10,000 soldiers and armed police personnel have been deployed to the area. Premier Li Keqiang is on his way to survey the damage (although how much help he can offer is anyone’s guess).
Chinese netizens, particularly on Weibo, a.k.a Chinese Twitter, are calling for donations and helping with human flesh searching (a Chinese Internet buzz word). Although the Chinese blogosphere is abuzz with up-to-date information, the actual rescue efforts are being hindered by landslides.
Please keep these people in your thoughts! China’s infrastructure, a government oversight, particularly in rural areas is the biggest contributing factor to the extensive loss of life and injuries that ensue. These are ordinary citizens for whom the devastation and aftermath will be transplanted in their minds for years to come.