Until today, the death toll had reached 156 in the earthquake in China. The magnitude has been recorded as 7.0. more than 5,000 people injured only in the city of Yaan. The earthquake struck first at 8:02 on 20th of April, 2013. The location was N30.3, E103.0. The depth of the earthquake was 15km.
Yaan is only 215km from the centre of the 2008 earthquake, Wenchuan, which saw almost 70,000 people died.
Among the grief, tears and horrific pictures, we heard some extraordinary stories.
A 49 year-old lady embraced her 7 year old son to cover him from the falling debris, and she eventually saved her boy and died.
A mum stayed with his son even her son pleaded her to escape. She later lifted 100-pound plus piece of wall to save her son. She was shocked herself by the extra strength she displayed in the ordeal.
A 12 year old girl badly injured herself after trying to cover her 2 year old brother.
A woman gave birth to a little girl in the garage of a hospital during the earthquake.
The reporter from the local television reported the earthquake in front of the camera wearing a wedding dress as she was getting married when it all happened.
This is another test on Chinese people’s emergency respond ability, humanity and morality. We can see the huge differences between these two earthquakes which are parted by 5 years. The army and emergency unit respond more quickly, so did the government. People are more organised when trying to evacuate. This result in less people dead, even the magnitudes from these two earthquakes are close to each other.
However, similar to the Wenchuan earthquake, the Yaan earthquake also exposed the quality problems in buildings. The fact not a lot of buildings took into account of earthquake factor even after the Wenchuan event saddens me. It is the time for Chinese government to invest more resources on improving the building quality in China especially in the affected area.
- 12 dead, hundreds injured as earthquake hits China’s Sichuan (thehindu.com)
- SW China to see high risk of quakes for next decade: experts (wantchinatimes.com)