10 facts about the Sichuan Earthquake on its 10th anniversary

10 facts about the Sichuan Earthquake on its 10th anniversary


A memorial built for the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. The cracks on the clock face indicate the time of the quake.
Photo: Simon Song/SCMP

The devastating earthquake registered at an 7.9 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.

80km away from Chengdu and 19km under the Earth, the fault, which broke over a length of 240km, began to rupture.

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The first 72 hours after a disaster are considered the most crucial in finding survivors.

It cost 845,100,000,000 yuan to repair damage resulting from the earthquake.

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.

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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”.

4,800,000 people were left homeless.

Xuankou Secondary School in Sichuan province, which has become an earthquake memorial.
Photo: Simon Song/SCMP



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