8 years on - here are 8 things you might not have known about the Sichuan Earthquake

8 years on - here are 8 things you might not have known about the Sichuan Earthquake


The ruined city of Beichuan County, once closed to avert pestilence, opened briefly to the public in 2009 so that people could offer sacrifices to their deceased relatives and friends in the May 12 Earthquake.
Photo: Xinhua


Rescue was a long and painful process.
Photo: AP


A woman weeps for her missing husband and son-in-law.
Photo: EPA

It has been 8 years since the Sichua Earthquake, which registered at an 8 for surface wave magnitude, and 7.9 for moment magnitude

At 14:28:04, the earthquake forever changed the lives of over 15 million people, including 87,150 who were killed or went missing

72 is the number of hours in the “Golden Hours”, which is the amount of time during which the rescue team has the best chance to save survivors

​RMB¥845,100,000,000 is the amount of money lost in damages as a result of the earthquake

Four schoolgirls turn old uniforms into a business that's giving back to charity including Sichuan

A Sichuanese pig, Zhu Jianqiang, or "Strong-Willed Pig", survived on coal and rainwater for 36 days  before he was miraculously rescued from under the rubble

86 pandas survived the earthquake at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan, and sustained no physical injuries

1,300,000 volunteers from around the globe risked their lives to save the lives of others

A dying mother left behind 1 text message for her then-infant son. It read: “if you live through this, please remember that I love you always”

A rescue worker rests on top of the debris of a collapsed building.
Photo: Reuters




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