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April 18th, 2010

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10:07 pm - Qinghai Earthquake, April 14th.

A 6.9 - 7.1earthquake struck Yushu County, Qinghai Province in China last Wednesday morning (Beijing time), the death toll is currently above 1,300 and many more are estimated to be still trapped under the debris. Both President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao have already arrived on the scene, the Premier having arrived on Thursday and the President earlier today after having cut short his trip to Latin America.  I don't know about them but I'm having a kind of deja vu from 2008 >__<  

Chinese President Hu Jintao (left pic) and Premier Wen Jiabao (right pic).

Qinghai is the province northwest of Sichuan province which suffered the massive 8.0 earthquake in May of 2008 and is one of the bordering provinces of Tibet, thus, many of the victims to this quake was Tibetan in ethnicity.  Apparently, Qinghai is also the birthplace of the Dalai Lama,so the guy's been asking China's government to let him go back for a visit (he hasn't been back since 1959 when he escaped to India after a failed uprising against the CCP aided by the CIA and was then exiled).  I highly doubt his request will be entertained or even acknowledged at this rate by Beijing, he's kind of like that pesky fly that's kind of annoying but one's too lazy to do anything about these days.

That part of the country is possibly on the poorest, having no access to the ports along the eastern coast of China, and also one of the hardest to reach due to the mountains due to the fault line there, which also causes all of these earthquakes.  Even with all the dispatched emergency personnel and soldiers, it's tough to get in there just to start rescue efforts.  I remember after the Sichuan earthquake, the situation was so bad they had to parachute PLA soldiers in just so that they could try to rescue people.  It sounds like the number of casualties for this quake won't be as severe as the one after the Sichuan earthquake, but good grief, just as the victims of the other one are beginning to move into new houses and get their lives together again, this happens.  The government has already pledged to do all it can in helping the victims to rebuild their lives.  After the Sichuan earthquake the government began a program where they paired up a quake-hit town/city with a city from the eastern coastline (the coastal cities tend to be the richest in the country due to their accessibility) and the coastal city has to aid their partner in rebuilding.  Perhaps the government can do something similar for Yushu since it seems to have worked quite well for Sichuan with many of the quake-hit towns/cities already rebuilt and most of the survivors having already moved into new residents.



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Date:April 18th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Our thoughts are with the families of the victims. I hope the region will recover quickly... Nothing more to say right now...
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Date:April 18th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I've been so caught up in other things that I haven't heard about this. Thanks for posting about it!

And my best wishes and condolences go to all those affected. ;___;
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Date:April 19th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
So many earthquakes recently.... terrible.

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