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    China earthquake

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    China earthquake



    Pictures of the campsites at Sichuan University, an old neighborhood (near the Shangri-la Hotel)gutted by the earthquake, and a hole in the 3red floor fiberglass/ plastic atrium above the location where the photo from my previous post was taken.





    I was on the 17th floor when it happened. The building was

    twisting on its foundation. I was standing there against the wall

    shouting everything I know about getting to a doorway while I

    looked out the window and saw the side of the 'C' tower moving

    erratically back and forth. It sounded like a cracking glacier. I

    was thinking that if it kept up for much longer that the building

    was coming down. About two minutes later it stopped.




    As soon as it stopped I told everyone to grab whatever they

    could and then go- I made it down the stairs- the last one out.

    Power was down on many floors. At street level there were pools of

    blood, people crying, more people on the street than I've ever

    seen. Sirens. No cell service. No messages, flat signal. Some

    pavement is buckled, garbage everywhere.




    People are waiting in the parks and public places for news to

    come through. Nearby towns were apparently flattened, no

    communication aside from the loudspeakers on the campus. I slept in

    the bar until the police closed it. Later reports came in of people

    jumping from the buildings to get out.




    This morning most of the buildings can't be entered. Some

    fell. There are rescue efforts going on in other parts of the city.

    It's cold and raining now and many people don't have anywhere to

    go. There were smaller earthquakes during the night and one this

    morning. No water, no gas. Only thing working is the phone. Cell

    service is intermittent.




    Today I spent most of today walking, trying to stay away from

    crowds and tall buildings. Still raining. Most shops are closed.

    People camped out in every public place. Blood donation tents are

    set up in the public areas. Small aftershocks all day. Nothing else

    has fallen yet. Some buildings are showing obvious damage. It's not

    clear how much of the city is affected. No definitive news yet. My

    building is safe for now. I have a place to sleep, food, water. 



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