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. 

Leung Chun-ying says Hong Kong ready to send rescue team

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Simon Song

A Hong Kong rescue squad has been put on standby to help in search and rescue operations while relief funds will also be arranged soon, the city's government has pledged.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 7:54am 1 comment

We're OK thanks, says China as Japan offers aid after Sichuan earthquake

Japanese leader Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message to President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday expressing sympathy for the victims. He also said he hoped the communities would recover as soon as possible, the foreign ministry revealed.

22 Apr 2013 - 12:24pm 2 comments

Yaan, city of tea and pandas and historic gateway to Tibet and beyond

The view above Yucheng District in Yaan before Saturday's magnitude 7 earthquake. Photo: SCMP

The quake-hit city of Yaan, nestled among mountains on the fringes of the Sichuan Basis, has a long association with the tea trade and even produced the world's most expensive variety of the commodity last year.

22 Apr 2013 - 11:13am

Victims of quake in Yaan, Sichuan, complain about lack of relief aid

Three-year-old Zheng Bing, with a swollen left eye and a wound to her head, sits on her father's lap in a Lushan hospital. Photo: Simon Song

Authorities in quake-hit Yaan city expect most relief materials to reach local people today, amid complaints of not enough government-provided aid.

22 Apr 2013 - 7:53am

Live Blog: Yaan earthquake - Day 2

A woman sifts through the debris of her destroyed house in Longmen Township,  Lushan County. Photo: Xinhua

UPDATE 6pm : The official death toll has climbed to 186, according to Xinhua News. Of the 11,393 people injured, 963 are in serious condition.



21 Apr 2013 - 10:04pm

Death toll from killer Sichuan quake rises to 180, 11,200 injured

A rescuer carries a child after she was pulled out from under the rubble of her home. The quake that struck yesterday has left at least 150 dead and 6,000 injured. Photo: AFP

At least 180 people have been killed and about 11,200 injured after a strong earthquake hit the city of Yaan in Sichuan province yesterday, just three weeks short of the fifth anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake that claimed more than 88,000 lives in May, 2008.

21 Apr 2013 - 12:55pm 1 comment

Hong Kong responds generously after latest Sichuan earthquake

Trucks carrying relief supplies move on a road from Chengdu to the quake-hit Lushan County. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong is responding quickly with help for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Major non-governmental organisations sent staff to the affected area to assess the situation and are mobilising supplies and resources.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:28am 1 comment

Hong Kong visitors in province safe; new tours axed

Joseph Tung Yao-chung, Executive Director of Travel Industry Council of HK. Photo: Dickson Lee

All the Hongkongers visiting Sichuan in tour groups when yesterday's quake hit were safe, Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:28am

Another quake for teenager who survived school collapse in 2008

Zou Hongmei

Teenager Zou Hongmei, who was in Yingxiu at the centre of the 2008 quake, said she was so frightened yesterday morning that she burst into tears when she realised she was in another quake. Even though the epicentre of yesterday's quake was over 150 kilometres away, she felt the earth moving.

21 Apr 2013 - 8:40am

Broadcasters carry stories of hope; social media helps relay messages

A mother with her new-born baby, who was delivered in an ambulance, in Yaan, Sichuan. Photo: Xinhua

Quake victims reached out yesterday via mainland media with tears, sorrow and even a few smiles with reports of selfless deeds, successful rescues and at least one birth.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:40am

PLA shows quick response to Lushan earthquake

Rescuers attend to people injured in the earthquake. Photo: Xinhua

In stark contrast to the Great Sichuan Earthquake five years ago, the central government and the army showed yesterday that they could respond quickly to natural disasters. And volunteer groups said they were better equipped to help out.

21 Apr 2013 - 1:59pm

Quake survivors take refuge on streets of Longmen

Soldiers run past residents of Longmen to assist in relief operations. Photo: Xinhua

Thousands of fearful people in Longmen, a mountain town close to the epicentre of yesterday's earthquake in Sichuan, spent last night out in the open.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:40am

Premier Li visits quake-hit areas

Premier Li Keqiang (centre) conducts a meeting in Longmen, keeping his poise amid the aftershocks from the quake. Photo: Simon Song

Premier Li Keqiang ordered rescuers, the military and local-government officials to work together and make the most of the critical first 24 hours following such a disaster to save lives.

21 Apr 2013 - 5:45am

Earthquake struck faster than 2008 disaster, says survivor

Collapsed houses are seen after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Lushan county, Ya'an, Sichuan province, on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

The powerful earthquake which struck China’s Sichuan province on Saturday happened even faster than the quake which devastated the area five years ago, a survivor told the South China Morning Post.

20 Apr 2013 - 8:06pm

Live Blog: Yaan earthquake

A man helps an old woman walk in the rubble in Luyang, Sichuan after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on April 20. Photo: Simon Song

Latest updates, live photos, videos, maps on the earthquake and its aftershocks that hit near the city of Yaan in the southwestern province of Sichuan on April 20, 2013. 

21 Apr 2013 - 3:29pm 2 comments