7.9 Earthquake rocks China, 15,000+ dead, 26,000+ missing 42 replies

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Oblivious

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30th December 2002

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#1 10 years ago

So this happened two days ago. I'm surprised there's no thread on it already. In case you haven't heard...

The earthquake on Monday was devastating. It happened during midday, and the confirmed death toll of 15,000 is expected to rise dramatically.

Rescue workers across southwest China struggled to reach the tens of thousands of people who remained buried in the aftermath of the earthquake, as death tolls climbed above 15,000, according to provincial authorities. That toll is likely to rise still higher as workers break through to affected areas, making the earthquake China's deadliest natural disaster in three decades. Hundreds of thousands are injured or homeless.

2,300 are missing just in the rubble of a middle school and two factories in the town of Shifang. It's frightening to say the least. About the only good thing I can see is that the Chinese govt isn't hiding this catastrophe like they usually do (as recently as the Tibet riots). They are allowing full media coverage of an unprecedented nature.

Mianyang city: 2004413734.jpg

Juyuan Middle School: 2004413582.jpg




emonkies

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#2 10 years ago

I have been trying to keep abreast of the situation there. The military was dispatched immediately and in some cases had to hike in on foot as soem roads were impassable. In many cases they are digging with bare hands as there is a shortage of equipment.

China has the economy and resources and manpower to at least be able to take care of their own and they appear to be trying to do so.

I have not heard what the status of any foreign aid is or even if China has requested or accepted any.




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#3 10 years ago

It still gets to me that so many can die in natural disasters around the world, yet when similar ones occur in the "first world" so few die. If a similar earthquake had occurred in California, for instance, there would have been severe damage but not such a huge number of deaths. Is the earthquake proofing really THAT good, or is there something else that leads to such incongruous death rates?




Scientist Dr. Professor

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#4 10 years ago
Afterburner;4343691It still gets to me that so many can die in natural disasters around the world, yet when similar ones occur in the "first world" so few die. If a similar earthquake had occurred in California, for instance, there would have been severe damage but not such a huge number of deaths. Is the earthquake proofing really THAT good, or is there something else that leads to such incongruous death rates?

Shitty houses.

When you make your shack out of corrugated sheet metal and expect it to hold up in a natural disaster, you got something else coming.




masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#5 10 years ago

A lot of China's disaster relief teams are in Myanmar.

It has been little reported in the West (and it was only pointed out to me on Tuesday by my China-specialist lecturer), but while Myanmar's government was obstructing Western aid, it was accepting large amounts of Chinese aid.

I'm not aware of China officially requesting any foreign aid, but this will not be a repeat of the Tangshan earthquake. They've already deployed 50,000 troops, and have been airdropping supplies and teams in. Sichuan is quite mountainous, and there's fears that dams will burst as well. The scale of the response is massive.

And lastly, in Chinese superstition, a disaster or environmental portent always occurs near a major political change (death or defeat of an Emperor, etc). The Tangshan earthquake occurred not long before the deaths of Mao Zedong and Zhu De, and not long after the death of Zhou Enlai. Already this year there were the massive snow storms, and now the earthquake, with the Olympics coming up... an interesting year for the superstitious.




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#6 10 years ago

SeinfeldRules;4343701Shitty houses.

When you make your shack out of corrugated sheet metal and expect it to hold up in a natural disaster, you got something else coming.

your exactly wright. take Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel, In 1913 it was one of the only buildings to survive the Great Kantō earthquake in Tokyo. Was a testament to modern architecture.




Captain Fist

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#7 10 years ago

I wonder if any of my relatives are dead.




masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#8 10 years ago
Anlushac11 I have not heard what the status of any foreign aid is or even if China has requested or accepted any.

They have accepted foreign aid, but refused foreign aid teams, saying it was currently too dangerous for them. To be fair, China's teams are just as experienced and well equipped, and have the benefit of speaking Chinese.




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#9 10 years ago

And in case any of you haven't heard, one of the dams nearby one of the cities has massive cracks. It may rupture. Worsening the situation.




foodmaniac2003

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#10 10 years ago

The response to this earthquake has been very good. Well-coordinated, and the China's own premier rushed there within the first few hours.

SeinfeldRules;4343701Shitty houses.

When you make your shack out of corrugated sheet metal and expect it to hold up in a natural disaster, you got something else coming.

China isn't a bunch of shanty towns in South Africa. The buildings appear to be constructed of concrete or bricks.