Strong earthquake rocks Ya'an, Sichuan and felt in Chengdu [update]
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Update 12.52 A lot of Chinese online news portals and newspaper sites are still black and white.
In "Touching moments" Global Times highlights three stories of quake victims.
Day 2 photo streams: portraits of quake victims and rescue workers, ongoing relief work and scenes from the ground
Update 12.50 p.m. Aftershocks continued for the second day after the quake, the strongest one so far hit in the afternoon at 5.05 p.m and was a 5.4 on the Richter's scale (17km depth). In total 1445 aftershocks were recorded in the last two days.
Update 12.47 p.m The central government earmarks a disaster RMB1 billion relief fund.
China, who just four days ago offered help to the victims of the 7.8 quake in the border area of Pakistan and Iran, thanked the international community for the offered help, but friendly declined: "Considering the inconvenient traffic and telecommunications in quake zone, foreign rescue and medical teams and materials are not required now."
Regardless UK aid workers send supplies for the Sichuan quake victims: A British Red Cross spokesman said the charity was mobilising 5,000 kits of household items, 5,000 quilts, 5,000 warm jackets and 1,200 tents. International development organisation Plan International said it was sending supplies including more than 6,000 hygiene packs and 1,500 items of clothing.
UNICEF China is currently supporting a network of 40 "Child friendly Spaces" in Sichuan and ready to set up more in the quake affected areas.
In solidarity with the Ya'an quake victims Beichuan residents, victims of the Wenchuan quake in 2008, have donated RMB217,000 and sent 110 rescue workers to the disaster zone
Update 12.43 p.m. 2,500 (among them 18 foreign) tourists in the Ya'an area were evacuted, none of them was injured according to the China National Tourism Administration
Update 11.50 p.m. Global times has published details for international donations to the Red Cross on their dedicated Ya'an Quake page
Chinese Red Cross Foundation
Bank Name: Bank of China
Account Number: 800100086608091014
Account Name: The Chinese Red Cross Foundation
Swift Code: BKCHCNBJ
Update 5.23 p.m. According to Reuters Chen Yong, the vice director of the Ya'an city government, claimed that schools in the disaster area withstood the quake and many aftershocks: ""Our schools are the safest and sturdiest buildings..." and "The Chinese government has put a lot of money into building schools and hospitals. I can guarantee that no schools collapsed."
After 26 hours of constant emergency work the lifeline to Baoxing County, Highway 210, has finally been reopened.
The latest death toll lists 186 dead, 21 missing, 11,393 injured (968 of them are severely injured).
Update 3.34 p.m. When the quake hit some of the 62 pandas in Bifenxia's Panda Base were so scared that they climbed up the trees and have since refused to come down as this video shows.
Update 2.30 p.m. Donation link of Jet Li's One foundation which is currently active in the disaster area.
Update 1.57 p.m. The eccentric millionaire philanthropist Cheng Guangbiao flew into the quake zone to personally hand out RMB300,000 in cash to quake survivors as well as water, food, blankets, flash lights and other much needed relief supplies.
Update 1.42 a.m. As the main road, Highway 210, is still blocked by rubble, doctors in Baoxing county have reportedly run out of anestetics and can only do simply surgeries with patients in pain biting on wooden sticks.
The Red Cross Taiwan has collected RMB5 Million in donations.
Latest casualty numbers: 180 dead, 11227 injured, 24 still missing.
Update 1.32 a.m. Many Chengdu and Sichuan-bound trains are once again cancelled including high-speed trains to Chongqing and Qingchengshan. Purchased tickets can be refunded or changed to later dates.
His Japanese counterpart, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, offered help despite ongoing tensions between the two countries: "Japan is ready to offer its maximum support"
Update 12.32 p.m. Offbeat China describes how the quake is perceived on China's No.1 social network Weibo: 7 of the 8 top discussion topics are quake related. Weibo has dedicated special tags for donations, finding people in the quake area, and a call for help page.
Update 12.23 p.m. The tragic story of Lu Jinkang: 50-year-old Lu Jinkang lost her 17-year-old daughter and her home in the Ya'an quake just five years after losing her 23-year-old son in an aftershock to the Wenchuan quake. Her daughter died from a waist fracture after she jumped out of a second-story window in their home during the quake. The second floor of Lu Jinkang's house collapsed during the main jolt, and the first floor in the subsequent aftershocks, burying all her belongings. All she has left now is her son's daughter, Qing Qing, who was two months old when her father died.
A long comprehensive photo gallery of the last 24hours with 128 pictures.
Another touching stream of portraits: Lushan residents in front of their collapsed houses
Update 11.31 a.m. The traffic jam on the seriously damaged road from Ya'an to the disaster area of Lushan reached 7km! Individual rides by spontaneous volunteers to Lushan are discouraged.
Update 11.21 a.m. The official number of reported injured just jumped to 10833, reported dead: 179, missing: 24.
Update 11.09 a.m.This video shows a hospital in Lushan operating out of tents. As electricity is still down, equipment is powered by loud oil generators. The hospital can treat only a part of the 5,000 injured in the area, prioritizing the most serious cases. Less serious cases are being treated in smaller local clinics, and many patients with minor injuries are still waiting for treatment. Some patients with complicated injuries are being transferred to Ya'an or Chengdu hospitals.
Huaxi Hospital has asked Chengdu residents in need of non-urgent care to delay their procedures so that the hospitals can take more victims from Ya'an and Lushan.
The Red Cross of China has collected RMB51 million in donations and is publishing updates on their rescue efforts on Weibo.
Chengdu residents are encouraged to donate blood, especially those with type A & 0, and all kinds of Rh negative.
Update 9:50 a.m. First casualty numbers published on day 2: 162 dead, 6986 injured
This video shows a reporter leaving her own wedding to
do some live reporting on the streets in Ya'an while still in her bride's dress.
Another video recorded by a surveillance camera in Chengdu shows locals running out of their flats in panic when the initial quake hit in the early morning hours.
Update 11.22 p.m. Reuters claims that the first quake was only 6.6 on the Richter's scale and updated the casualty toll to 156 dead and 5,500 injured.
China's cyberspace mourns the quake victims: the social network Weibo as many other Chinese sites goes black and white.
A total of 7,500 PLA soldiers are deployed to the quake-hit area.
An internet user who posted false rumors claiming the quake was just a foreshock and a 9.2 quake would hit Chengdu on April 22, was detained by police.
Chinasmack stays true to its name by collecting reactions of Chinese netizens on the quake and posted this interesting picture of a couple that stormed out of the shaking house when the quake hit.
Updates 11.04 p.m. Xinhua tweets: "51 people rescued from debris,over 1,500 evacuated by rescue team."
Chinadaily tweets: "China has dispatched 5 drones to capture images of quake-hit areas,says the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation."
Update 10.56 p.m. Quake baby born in makeshift tent
Update 10.44 p.m. As they did five years ago, during the Wenchuan quake, Chengdu taxi drivers are rushing urgently needed supplies to the disaster area in Lushan.
Death toll stands at 157 now, 5700 people are injured.
These fur photos shot from a helicopter show the destruction in Lanshan. Most buildings are damaged, some are missing their roofs, some are collapsed and some seem totally flattened.
Firefighters rescued a little girl from the rubble near the epicenter.
Update 8.17 p.m. Death toll reached 135, 4300 are injured, four are still missing.
Update 7.18 p.m. Photo stream of Premier Li Keqiang in the disaster area
Update 6.49 p.m. This long photo stream with 85 pictures shows locals in front of their collapsed homes and tireless rescue workers digging people out of the rubble.
State television CCTV announced it would stop all its entertainment programing for the time of onging rescue efforts. In the meanwhile Chinese search engine Baidu has followed Tencent by announcing a donation of RMB5 million to the rescue efforts.
Update 6.46 p.m. 99 percent of the buildings in Lushan, Longmen town, have collapsed. 120,000 people are looking for shelter and hoping for tents to arrive. In Baoxing county that rate of collapsed buildings is above 90 percent with many areas isolated and cut off from outside communication and rescue efforts. As more and more bodies are discovered under the rubble the death toll is expect to rise in the next hours, it #currently stands at 113.
Update 5.54 p.m.The video below shows the military truck that just fell off the cliff and other soldiers jumping into the river to rescue.
Another video shows the the work of medical personnel on patients outside a hospital in Lushan.
Update 5.36 p.m. One soldier died en route to the quake area when the military truck lost balance and fell down a cliff
Update 5.30 p.m. Death toll reaches 102, around 3000 injuries reported
Update 5.27 p.m. 35 afterquakes reported stronger than 3.0, strongest one 5.3 on the Richter's scale
Update 5.05 p.m. More than 6,000 military and armed police soldiers and several aircraft to the quake zone
Update 4.58 p.m. About 80,000 prisoners have been evacuated from prisons in Sichuan, more than 2,000 were evacuated from a prison in Ya'an county near the epicenter
Update 4:30 p.m. Power and water supply in Lushan severely affected by quake. Rescue workers appeal for aid. Photos of hospital workers carrying and rolling patients out still attached to their IVs and rescue workers digging in the rubble for survivors and bodies.
Update 3:50 p.m. Another very graphic and tragic picture from Lushan: [NSFW] a mother pulled from the rubble holding on to her dead child
Update 3:45 p.m. New stream of [NSFW] photos from Ya'an and first photos of the quake victims in Lushan, the center of disaster: collapsed roofs, completely destroyed buildings, hospital patients evacuated to outdoors including and injured pregnant woman, roads blocked by giant boulders.
Update 2:02 p.m. Premier Li Keqiang boarded a plane in Beijing and is on his way to Ya'an to personally oversee rescue work.
Update 1:58 p.m. Access to the hardest-hit areas in Lushan cut off. The first rescue fighters are finally dropped off in Lushan.
Update 1.47 p.m. The Shuangliu International airport is reported to be back to normal operation, some flight might be delayed by one hour. Sichuan trains are expected to restart commuting at 3 p.m., tickets of cancelled trains can be reimbursed.
Update 1.19 p.m. Worst hit county Lushan reports 57 dead and 500 injured
Update 12.54 p.m. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang ordered all possible measures to be taken to rescue victims and minimize deaths and injuries. "Rescue work should be done in a scientific way, reducing casualties to a minimum, according to the instructions."
Update 12:50 p.m. Donations hotlines for Longmen Town have been set up: 0835—2242305, 0835—2362015 and 0835—2242325 via Ya'an Weibo feed.
Update 12:31 p.m. Tencent, mother company of QQ, donated RMB5 million for rescue efforts
Update 12:25 p.m. Blockages along highway 318 reported, making it impossible for large emergency vehicles to enter the disaster area in Lushan. Currently only small vehicles are able to enter the area.
Update 11:51 a.m. Mobile networks up and running again in Chengdu.
Update 11:45 a.m. Jet Li said on Sina Weibo that his One Foundation is transferring relief goods.
Update 11:35 a.m. Damage is heavy in Shangli Town in Yucheng (雨城上里镇) with collapsed building and people buried in the rubble, reports the Ya'an government Weibo feed.
Update 11:25 a.m. 28 dead confirmed, locals in Ya'an say quake felt stronger than the 8.0 Beichuan/Wenchuan earthquake five years ago. Province activated level 1 emergency response.
Update 11:22 a.m. Another news stream of photos from Ya'an.
Update 11:19 a.m. Chengdu sends 2,000 rescue workers and two helicopters to Ya'an
Update 11:17 a.m. Coincidentally, Ya'an fire fighters completed a major two-day quake response drill just yesterday..
Update 10:56 a.m. 10 people confirmed dead, roads to disaster area blocked off, according to local media reports.
Update 10:46 a.m. Panicked man in Chongqing jumped out of his his fourth-floor window [video]
Update 10:36 a.m. Another photo stream from Ya'an shows collapsed buildings, people walking in rubble, and gathering outside their buildings in pajamas and underwear.
Update 10:19 a.m. Another photo stream of panicked people in their pajamas in Chengdu
Update 10:13 a.m. More than 100 injured or dead, according to local media.
Update 10:02 a.m. Chengdu Shuangliu Airport closed.
Update 10:00 a.m. First pictures of injured people in front of a hospital in Ya'an
Update 9:55 a.m. First pictures of destruction in Ya'an online. Serious damage to buildings visible in the city.
Update 9:36 a.m. 2 people reported dead in Ya'an and governmental authorities are organizing disaster response, posted by the Ya'an government Weibo account.
Update: Video of people gathering on the streets in Chengdu
The quake's epicenter was near Ya'an (longitude 30.1, latitude 103.0, depth 13km) and was followed minutes later by at least one aftershock.
On the ground in Chengdu 120km away from the epicenter, the quake felt powerful, and residents are gathering around outside. The memory of the tragic May 2008 Wenchuan quake, which left tens of thousands dead or missing, is still fresh in their minds.
Mobile networks were momentarily down but already seem to be working again.
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