ASIA NEWS REPORT
The death toll is still partial. Two strong aftershocks
of magnitude 6.6 and 7.0 struck this morning around at 8.00 am local time. The
epicenter is about 51 km west of the city of Linqionq. The earthquake caused
landslides, mudslides and leveled entire buildings. Panic in the megalopolis of
Chongqing located several hundred kilometers to the south-east of the epicenter.
Xi Jinping orders the authorities to make every effort to assist the affected
Linqiong (AsiaNews / Agencies) - 72 people are dead and over 600 injured
following two strong earthquakes (magnitude 6.6 and 7.0) that struck southwest
Sichuan this morning between 8.00 and 8.02 (local time). The epicenter of the
quake was registered at about 51 km west of the city of Linqiong. Due to the
depth of only about 12 km, the aftershocks caused significant damage, landslides
and destroyed homes and public buildings.
The quake caused panic in several cities hundreds of miles away from the
epicenter, including the megacity of Chongqing, south-east of Linqiong, where
the population (about 30 million inhabitants) poured into the
After the scandals
of the 2008 earthquake, which killed over 87 thousand people, the
authorities of Sichuan province were immediately mobilized to help the most
affected areas. Even President Xi Jinping has ordered that "every effort must be
made to help the victims and rescue the missing."
On the popular Chinese social network Weibo one of the rescuers
expressed his concern by saying that the quake-hit area is surrounded by
mountains and most of the roads are blocked due to landslides. Also on
Sina Weibo users have different uploaded photographs and
videos of the tragedy, also to help the teams to recognize the territory.
According to state news agency Xinhua, the local government of
Chengdu, the capital of the region, has sent about 2 thousand soldiers to the
area of the epicenter.
In May 2008, the province experienced one of the worst earthquakes in recent
decades. The quake hit the villages to the north-west of the city of Chengdu.
The disaster destroyed the entire province causing damage and casualties in
neighboring region of Shaanxi and Gansu. Despite the prominence given to the
tragedy through the state media with photos of Premier Wen Jiabao in front of
the rubble, the population began a series of protests after the discovery that
many schools had collapsed killing thousands of children, while other buildings
remained unscathed. Instead of immediately investigating the incident and
punishing those responsible, the government preferred to censor the inhabitants,
turning the tragedy of the children who died in the Sichuan quake into a taboo
subject. Even today, terms such as "children, earthquake in Sichuan, schools"
are censored by the government on the Chinese search engines
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