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Earthquake Diary (8)
The United Efforts

22 February 2009

1, Eyewitness Report through the Lens
2, The Rescue Efforts
3, The Tentative Recovery
4. The Support
5, The Chinese Army
6, The Reflection
7, The Hope

新洋 12 June 2008

This is one of the numerous towns and villages that have been reduced to piles of rubble by the power of quake.

And the force of thunderstorm further blew the survivors' temporary tents away.

"Last night, our whole family were exposed to the downpour, and the big rain continued for about 40 minutes; we were wet and cold, but had no place to turn," a granny tells me.

Fortunately this time the local authority responded pretty promptly, and by 10am, new tents are delivered to those in need.

The victims have not lost their heart, but start all over again.

They have food delivered to them by the government on a daily basis.

And crop seeds distributed to each family.

On my way passing Jiangyou City, I see donations by Chinese businesses quietly placed at the front gate of every household.

When I return to Mianzhu City a month after the quake, I find food and grocery markets have been reopened, with the prices similar to that in the Provincial capital city Chengdu.

I see families working together to repair damaged home.

Workers return to their companies and factories to help rebuilding the business.

Masters at local building material factories work in shifts to keep the production line going 24 hours a day.

"I haven't been able to take a break for three days and three nights, and resembled windows for 1,000 households," says a proud factory worker.

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A China Map Created by Nature Thousands Years Ago


-- 袁枚《子不语》

About ten thousand years ago, there were great forests in sub-tropical and warm areas of China, like Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces, where trees were hundreds and even thousands of years old. Then one day a massive natural occurrence, such as earthquake, mountain torrent, bushfire caused by lightning strike, took place and buried an entire forest under the earth, and the trees eventually became ebony, an extremely dense wood in black colour.

What's shown in the pic is a black wood unearthed in Yunnan, which is in the shape of the China map.

(Source: 蔺以光,

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