Yaan earthquake

Live Blog: Yaan earthquake - Day 2

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 April, 2013, 8:30am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 April, 2013, 10:04pm


5.45pm 96 people trapped in the heavily-hit Baoxing county have been rescued, two people were found dead and 3,166 were transferred to a "safe place", according to Xinhua News.

5.15pm 5.4 magnitude aftershock shock jolts the border between Yaan county and Qionglai city, CCTV reports.

5.00pm And now for some good news...

As of 5pm on Sunday, the road from Lushan county leading to Baoxing county has been repaired and reopened

No casualties of giant pandas have been reported so far. Yaan, which is home to a large population of giant pandas, was the at the epicentre of the Saturday earthquake. All 60 pandas and nearly 100 staff at Bifengxia Panda Base in Longmen county, Yaan, were reported safe.  

Conditions of wild giant pandas in Fengtongzhai Panda Nature Reserve in the badly-hit Baoxing county, are still not known due to disruptions in communication and transportation networks.

Giant pandas live mostly on seven nature reserves in Sichuan province.

4.30pm XinhuaForeign rescue teams or medical and relief supplies are not needed at the moment, says Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang. He said the country has guaranteed rescue and medical treatment capability and sufficient rescue materials. 

"The Chinese government and people are sincerely grateful to various means of assistances offered by some countries," Qin said in a statement.

"Considering the inconvenient traffic and telecommunications in quake zone, foreign rescue and medical teams and materials are not required now."

Qin China will make requests if needed and added that the Red Cross Society of China had published contacts for international fund assistance.


4.20pm XInhua says China Mobile Sichuan has "airlifted" emergency communications vehicles into Baoxing county to restore some mobile communications in the heavily damaged area

A rescue dog arrives in Yaan at the Xinjin Service Area on the Chengdu-Ya'an Highway with members of the Ramunion Rescue from Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province. Six members of the Hangzhou Outdoors Emergency Rescue Team arrived in the earthquake-hit Yaan City after driving for consecutive 22 hours on Sunday.

4.00pm Road conditions still making it hard for search, rescue and communications equipment to be delivered to quake-stricken Baoxing county


3.00pm The official death toll has climbed to 186, according to Xinhua News. Of the 11,393 people injured, 963 are in serious condition.

2.15pm Sichuan’s traffic police has issued a circular banning the use of private vehicles used for anything other than earthquake rescue and relief work in the disaster area. Vehicles used for "social purposes" will be barred from entering the disaster area and some roads will be blocked off, according to CCTV.

A three-month-old baby, whose mother was killed in a strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake, receives treatment at a medical point in Lushan county of Ya'an.

Dramatic video (below) released of a 12-year-old “miracle survivor” by ChinaNewsweek. The girl was dug out from under the rubble by her mother with her “bare hands” and was admitted to hospital in critical condition. Doctors have completed a first round of surgery.

1.15pm A rescue excavator plunges off a 300-metre deep cliff in quake-stricken Baoxing county causing an unknown number of casualties

The firefighting division of Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba received reports of the accident at 10.30am and dispatched five firefighters and one fire engine to the scene.

1pm The number of dead or missing persons has climbed to 203, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Civil Affairs. Out of the 11,500 people reported injured, 960 are in serious condition.

Post-disaster "epidemic prevention" is being carried out in areas around Lushan county, the Beijing News reports. Medical personnel dressed in protective suits disinfecting the streets and picking up rubbish.


12.15pm China Earthquake Networks Centre reports "strong aftershocks" around noontime in Yaan city, Lushan county, Sichuan. Magnitude - 4.9, focal depth -16km, tremors felt in Chengdu.

11.00am The death toll has climbed to 180 and the number of injured to 11,227, according to Xinhua News.

10.30am  Premier Li Keqiang speaks to media in Ya'an, Lushan County.

"The top priority will be the saving of lives … life more important than anything."

"Up till now, the operation has been carried out very smoothly, orderly and swiftly. It has also been done in a scientific way."

"I’ve met and talked with a lot of the locals and told them the government will definitely be supporting them. I told them they would be getting help from outside but they should also help each other."

"Sichuan has been through disasters. But in the face of all these difficulties and pain, Sichuan and the Chinese nation have shown the spirit of unity and we can stand together to overcome difficulties."


10.00am  The death toll has now risen to 179 and the number of injured to 6986, according to a CCTV report


9.50am A photo of premier Li Keqiang eating breakfast in his tent has been circulating on weibo...

8.30am A national earthquake emergency rescue team has arrived at Lushan for disaster relief, the China Earthquake Administration said.

The team is made up of 200 rescue staff including 21 seismologists and 39 medical staff, according to the CEA. They have brought to the quake area more than 30 tonnes of supplies, according to a Xinhua report.

Meanwhile, at least 600 police and rescue personnel have entered the badly-hit Baoxing county, including some "by air".

Communication and transportation were seriously affected in Baoxing, the last isolated area hit by the 7.0-magnitude quake

8.00am As of Sunday morning, the official death toll from the 7.0 magnitude Yaan earthquake stands at 160. 

Of the 160, 145 of the deaths have been in Yaan. Meanwhile,16 remain missing and 6,700 are injured, according to Xinhua.

Deaths reported in other cities are as follows:

Chengdu city: 8

Deyang city, River county: 2

Xiaojin county, Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture: 1

Meishan city, Hongya county: 1

Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture: 3

7.00am The identities of seven earthquake victims have been released, according to China Voice

Tian Guanglan, female, age: 45 

Zeng Lirong, female, age: 44 

Zouhan Jun, female, age: 49

Wang Qiong, female, age: 45

Hexiu Guo, male, age: 77

Wang Mei

Li Yuanyuan and daughter

6.00am A total of 1,097 aftershocks have been monitored in the strong quake-hit Lushan County

Breakfast in Lushan, Photo by Simon Song

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