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Yaan earthquake

Yaan earthquake

A powerful tremor registering 7.0 on the Richter scale (6.6 according to the US Geological Survey) and a series of strong aftershocks hit near the city of Yaan in southwestern China's Sichuan province on April 20, 2013, causing heavy casualties and losses. 

Post-quake rescue operations expose China's military aircraft weaknesses

Military analysts said domestic-made rescue helicopters lack the ability to carry heavy loads and are less capable at handling extreme weather conditions. Some chalk the disparity up to Beijing's focus on the development of advanced fighter jets and other general-purpose planes.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 4:46am 2 comments

Watch imprint on quake official's wrist goes viral on internet

Searches for the name Fan Jiyue, the party chief of Lushan county, under Yaan city in Sichuan , were blocked on the mainland's two most popular microblogging platforms - Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo - after eagle-eyed internet users pointed out the mark on his left wrist, leading to suspicions that it was made by a luxury watch.

24 Apr 2013 - 9:44am

Deadly Sichuan earthquake sparks fresh fears over building quality

Ma Jun, the government head in Baoxing county, northwest of the epicentre, told Xinhua on Sunday that nearly all the buildings in the county were damaged, including buildings such as schools and hospitals rebuilt after the 8 magnitude quake in 2008.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:30am

'How long must we wait before help arrives?'

As relief materials pile up at major rescue centres in quake-hit areas of Sichuan province, villagers from rural communities are complaining they have been forgotten by the government. "It's been four days, four days. I haven't seen any government official bother to ask us how we have been coping," said 66-year-old Chen Zhongfen, from Shengli village in Taiping township, in an outlying part of Lushan county.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:10pm 1 comment

Red Cross slated over Baoxing quake relief canvassing

The scandal-plagued Red Cross Society of China has once again invoked public anger by canvassing for quake relief donations at one of the hardest hit areas struck by the 7.0-magnitude Yaan earthquake.

Financial news magazine CBN Weekly reporters took photographs of a Red Cross booth in Baoxing county and published them on an official account on a microblogging platform.

23 Apr 2013 - 8:06pm

Quake relief supplies not reaching rural areas of Yaan

“We are very dissatisfied with the government’s efforts … for people like us living out in remote areas, we are getting nothing,” said He Xiaobing, a villager from Taiping town’s Shengli village.

23 Apr 2013 - 8:06pm

Thousands vote 'no' on Hong Kong's proposed Sichuan quake donation

A great majority of online readers of the South China Morning Post seemed to have made up their minds about Leung Chun-ying's proposed HK$100 million donation. 

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Leung defends quake donation against critics, citing 'love and care for compatriots'

The debate on the government’s plan to donate HK$100 million to the quake-hit Sichuan province heated up on Tuesday, with critics fearing the donation will be misused by corrupt mainland officials.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China news round-up: Donors turn to private charities, land conflicts grip Henan

Yaan EarthquakeNew York Times Chinese seek out private charities for their donations.Tech in Asia

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Police warn dissident Huang Qi after he tries to help in quake-hit zone

Dissident Huang Qi, who was jailed for three years after investigating the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, said yesterday he was turned away from rescue work in the quake zone because authorities were wary of his past activism.

23 Apr 2013 - 10:21am 1 comment