Special coverage: Quake Strikes Sichuan

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A woman donates blood for victims of Ya'an earthquake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, April 21, 2013.

15:02

The highway from Lushan county to Baoxing county has been restored, China CentralTelevision reported.

14:50

Monks offer free congee in front of Lushan County People’s Hospital, April 21, 2013.

14:48

Some 2100 rescuers deployed to Lushan county have rescued 93 people and evacuated morethan 2,000. Chen Fei, commander of the efforts said rescue efforts cannot yet reach sometownships due to roads damaged, CCTV reported.

14:31

Twenty-five people have been confirmed dead and another 25 are missing in Baoxing. 2,500people are injured in the county, China Central Television reported. Food reserve in the countycan only last for two days.

13:51

Aerial video captures Sichuan county hit by quake

The Chinese Academy of Sciences today released simulated aerial footage of Baoxing, acounty in quake-stricken Ya’an.

Video recorded by a remote-sensing plane shows the terrain and natural environment after theearthquake, with buildings, a river and a stadium clearly visible.

13:40

The blood center in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, will open 11 spots to collect blood indire need in the quake hit areas, including rare RH negative blood of various types, Xinhuareported.

More than 1,000 people in Chengdu donated blood on Saturday, and the city’s blood center hasdelivered 27.5 liters of plasma to the quake-hit areas, according to the report.

13:30

A rescue excavator plunged off a 300-meter deep cliff on Sunday morning in quake-strickenBaoxing County of Southwest China's Sichuan province, causing casualties.

The firefighting division of Tibetan-Qiang autonomous prefecture of Aba received reports of theaccident at around 10:30 am, and dispatched five firefighters and one fire engine to the scene.

Rescue work is underway. The number of casualties is not immediately known.

13:10

A total of 203 people have been confirmed dead or missing in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake sofar, according to the provincial civil affairs administration in Sichuan.

12:47

A monk and a woman in her 80s have started to give out free congee in front of Lushan CountyPeople’s Hospital, Nanfang Daily reported Sunday.

Sheng Zhi, who said he is from Lushan Fotu Temple, fills bowls for passers-by, while the elderlywoman, who also lives at the temple, stands beside him handing out pickles.

Every monk from the temple is helping with relief efforts, he said, explaining that some are incharge of cooking congee (rice porridge) and the rest responsible for transporting it.

He said he was already onto his third bucket of congee, and added that his temple will continueto help out as long as people need them.

12:38

More than 1.5 million people in Southwest China's Sichuan province have been affected bySaturday's strong earthquake, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs here Sunday.

The quake has affected 69 counties in the province, said the statement from the ministry.

"A large number of buildings collapsed and were damaged in the quake-hit area. Theauthorities are still checking the details since the communication and transport are not fullyavailable," the statement said.

The quake also affected neighboring Chongqing Municipality and Yunnan Province, it said.

About 400 buildings were damaged and eight collapsed in Chongqing and around 900 buildingswere damaged in Yunnan, it said.

12:22

Frontline: A doctor’s diary

Ling Feng, head of neurosurgery at Beijing’s Xuanwu Hospital.

Premier Li Keqiang visited West China Hospital in Chengdu at 10 am this morning to check inon people injured in the earthquake and medial workers.

He asked me why I was also working here. I replied: “I arrived here yesterday. Thank you forcaring about the medical workers; we all support the medical reform.”

Premier Li said the nation is grateful to medical experts for helping the injured, and he urgedme to take care. He shook also hands with doctors and nurses, and waved to those aroundhim.

I felt he is kind, very accessible, and a man of the people. This will make people more confident.

12:08

According to CCTV reports, China Meteorological Administration said rainfall is predicted in thedisaster areas in next few days and yellow, orange and red geological hazard warnings havebeen sent out. National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation alsoconfirmed that some of the towns are quite likely to suffer from geological disasters.

11:56

The earthquake in southwest China's Sichuan Province has killed 180 people and injured11,227 others, the provincial emergency response command center announced on Sunday.

Twenty-four people are reported missing.

A 7.0-magnitude quake jolted Lushan County of Sichuan's Ya'an City at 8:02 a.m. SaturdayBeijing Time, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Some 1,165 aftershocks have been detected, with the biggest one being 5.8 magnitude, thecenter said.

11:52

The local government of Lushan county started to help disaster victims by sending out relieffund (on Sunday noon). The standard of allowance is the same as the 2008 earthquake inWenchuan. Each person affected by the quake would receive 10 yuan and half kilogram grainper day for six months. About 600-700 prefabricated houses, each of which is 90 squaremeters, are in need. In the meantime, the local education department began to assessdangerous school buildings in order to resume classes as soon as possible.

11:33

China Central Television urged volunteers not to enter Baoxing county, saying that the only 18-kilometer road available now becomes very narrow after the quake, and could have landslidesat any minute.

11:13

Electricity, water and fuel gas have all been cut off in Baoxing county, Ya'an city after the quake,Xinhua News Agency reported. All the houses in the county have been damaged, including thebuildings restored after Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008. Roads into the county are blocked. Notenough food and water is left after a round of distribution. Locals are needing as many tents aspossible.

11:09

Photos by People’s Daily show Premier Li Keqiang visiting the injured at a hospital in Ya'an,Sichuan province. Li told the injured not to worry about medical cost.

10:50

Relief vehicles are stuck in a traffic jam on the way from Ya’an city to Lushan county, with carslining up 7 kilometers. Rescue teams from Beijing have to march on foot to the severely-hitcounty from Ya’an city 60 kilometers away due to the severe congestion from Ya’an to Lushan.At the same time, roads leading to Lushan from Yingjing county is also in serious congestion,making all the rescue and electric repair vehicles stuck.

10:20

A medical team of orthopedic doctors at Beijing Jishuitan Hospital arrived at Ya’an at 5 pm onSaturday, and started assessment of victims in Ya’an People’s Hospital to decide where andhow to conduct surgery for them.

Another team of 27 doctors from Beijing, including those from the departments of surgery,pediatrics, anesthetics, emergency aid and hospital infection control also arrived in Ya’an.

10:18

Internet users have expressed sympathy and conveyed condolences to the quake-hitSichuan province. Following is a collection of message on social networking websites.

10:13

Altogether 179 people have been killed in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China'sSichuan Province, the China Earthquake Administration announced Sunday.

Of them, 164 were reported in Sichuan's Ya'an City, the administration said.

The quake hit Lushan County of Ya'an at 8:02 a.m. Saturday Beijing Time, according to theChina Earthquake Networks Center.

10:10

Power has started to be restored in the three counties hit severely by the earthquake onSunday, State Grid said. More than 13,000 families in Lushan country got electricity again,accounting for 42 percent of the whole households affected by the power outrage after thesevere earthquake on Saturday morning.

About 71 percent of affected families in Tianquan county restored power as well. The 100important users including the hospitals and shelters for victims are able to use electricity inBaoxing county, which is cut off from the rescue due to the landslides on the road.

09:27

A total of 162 people had been killed in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China'sSichuan Province, the China Earthquake Administration announced on Sunday morning.

09:07

A total of 1,097 aftershocks have been monitored in the strong quake-hit Lushan County as of 6a.m. Beijing Time Sunday, authorities said.

05:27

An earthquake measuring 5.0-magnitude jolted China's Sichuan Province at 4:53 a.m. SundayBeijing Time, according to China Earthquake Networks Center.

The epicenter was monitored at 30.3 degrees north latitude and 103.0 degrees east longitudewith a depth of 16 km.

The epicenter was at the bordering area of Qionglai County and Lushan County, where adeadly 7.0-magnititude quake occurred on Saturday morning.

03:40

Two boys sleep in a tricycle in Ya'an city after a strong earthquake hit the city inSouthwest China's Sichuan province, April 21, 2013.

01:28

The Communist Youth League of China Central Committee has allocated one million yuan($160,256) from its membership fund to support relief efforts.

All-China Women's Federation also allocated 1.6 million yuan from its membership funds tohelp women and children in the quake area.

The Red Cross Society of China delivered two batches of relief materials to the quake-hitregion, including 1,700 tents, 5,400 family supply packages, 5,000 jackets and 5,000 cottonblankets.

Dalian Wanda Group Corporation Ltd. donated 10 million yuan via the China CharityFederation, and Evergrande Group donated 20 million yuan via the China Foundation forPoverty Alleviation.

01:10

A total of 160 people had been killed in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China'sSichuan Province as of 0:00 am Sunday, according to the country's seismological bureau.

A total of 846 aftershocks have been recorded, including 57 above 3.0 magnitude and twobetween 5.0-5.9 magnitude.

00:58

Rescuers from China International Search & Rescue Team (CISAR) prepare to fly toSouthwest China's Sichuan province to carry out rescue operation in Beijing NanyuanAirport, April 20, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua]

00:55

Taiwan's leader Ma Ying-jeou on Saturday expressed his concern over the deadly earthquakethat jolted the mainland's Sichuan province, urging the island's mainland affairs authority toconvey condolences to the earthquake survivors.

00:50

A total of 91 firefighters from Sichuan province have arrived at the badly-hit Baoxing county,where communication and transportation have been disrupted after a 7.0-magnitude quake,said the Ministry of Public Security.

The first rescue group with 20 firefighters have arrived at the Baoxing county town by 11 pmSaturday, and another team made up of 71 firefighters also arrived at the county's Lingguantown to start rescue work, the ministry said, adding that other rescue teams are rushing to thecounty overnight.

00:47

The seismic intensity scale in the severely quake-hit area in Southwest China's Sichuanprovince is measured at the IX degree, said the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

00:30

A total of 91 firefighters from Sichuan Province have arrived at the badly-hit Baoxing county,where communication and transportation have been disrupted, said the Ministry of PublicSecurity.

Day one of the quake

22:33

A total of 157 people had been killed and more than 5,700 injured in the 7.0-magnitudeearthquake in southwest China's Sichuan Province as of 9:00 pm Saturday, according to theMinistry of Civil Affairs.

A total of 33 counties in 12 cities of the province have been affected by the disaster, accordingto the ministry.

The quake also toppled nearly 900 houses in the nearby Yunan Province, and quake-triggeredlandslide killed one in the Liuba County of Shaanxi Province, the ministry revealed.

22:07

Firefighters have pulled out 93 people from collapsed structures, including 91 survivors, as of7:40 pm Saturday, the Ministry of Public Security said. More than 2,600 people have beenevacuated to safer places.

20:25

Up to 156 have been killed in the 7.0-magnitude quake in Sichuan, said a work conferenceheld by the provincial government, CCTV reported.

20:08

As of 7:50pm Saturday, the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Southwest China's Sichuan provincehas killed 132 people,and injured more than 5,500, according to the China EarthquakeAdministration.

20:05

Chinese Red Cross had sent emergency teams to quake-hit regions in response to a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Sichuan province, said the International Federation of Red Cross andRed Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The first Red Cross volunteer team from the provincial capital Chengdu has arrived with reliefsupplies of food, water, medicines and rescue equipment and several more are on their way.The Red Cross' specialized Blue Sky rescue team has also arrived in the area, according tothe IFRC.

19:55

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has arrived at the epicenter of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake whichjolted Sichuan province. Li took a helicopter to the epicenter of Lushan County in Ya'an Cityafter he arrived in Sichuan. He called a meeting at around 6 pm at the front-line headquartersin Longmen Township of Lushan.

Li ordered the reopening of a blocked road to the neighboring Baoxing County and toldrescuers to work speedily.

19:45
Many entertainment TV programs across China were canceled, in order to focus on the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Southwest China's Sichuan province.

19:30

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his condolences on Saturday over a devastatingearthquake in Sichuan and proposed assistance. In a telegram sent to his Chinese counterpartXi Jinping, Putin said "Russia is ready to offer help, if needed, in liquidating the consequencesof this devastating disaster."

18:50
The death toll from a strong quake that struck southwest China's Sichuan province onSaturday has risen to 124, injuring more than 3,000 according to the China EarthquakeAdministration.

18:40

A Chinese international medical relief team is heading to the 7.0-magnitude quake-hit areas inSouthwest China's Sichuan province.

18:30

China has dispatched five drones to capture images of quake-hit areas, according to theNational Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation. The drone images willcover the hardest-hit Baoxing, Taiping and Longmen townships.

18:06

At least 113 people have been killed in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Southwest China'sSichuan province as of 4:40 pm on Saturday, according to the provincial seismological bureau.

17:55

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang took a helicopter to the epicenter of the 7.0-magnitudeearthquake in Sichuan province, soon after his flight arrived in the southwestern provinceSaturday. During his flight from Beijing, Li convened emergency meetings to direct quake-reliefwork.

17:40

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday ordered rescuing troops in the quake-hit zone inSouthwest China's Sichuan province to make "every possible effort".

17:25

Officials at the transport management bureau of the Ministry of Public Security said severalroads around the quake-hit areas in Ya'an city of Southwest China’s Sichuan province haveadopted traffic control measures, Xinhua News Agency reported. The bureau also asked thepublic not to drive their own cars to the quake zone, in case the roads are blocked by heavytraffic.

People’s Daily made similar appeals on its Sina Weibo. The newspaper, which has 5.66 millionfollowers on the Twitter-like platform, recommends people use text messages or WeChat, apopular text and voice messaging service in China, to communicate with their friends orrelatives in the quake zone and leave the phone channels open for people who most need it.

17:15

A rescue vehicle carrying about 17 soldiers fell down a cliff on its way to the quake relief area,killing one solider on the spot. An injured soldier was sent to Yingjing County Hospital but laterdied, CCTV news reports on Sina Weibo.

17:05

Firefighters have pulled out 51 people from collapsed structures, including 49 survivors, as of3:50 pm Saturday, the Ministry of Public Security said.

16:58

102 people have been killed in the strong quake that hit Lushan county of Sichuan province onSaturday, CCTV reported.

16:50

Premier Li Keqiang required timely release of earthquake-related information, includingcasualties and rescue efforts.

16:45

At least 100 people were reported dead by 4:22pm and more than 383,000 affected due to theSichuan earthquake on Saturday, figures from China Earthquake Administration show.

16:40

A transport plane from Chengdu Air Force took off at 2:05 pm to bring a rescue team to Ya'ancity, carrying 71 professional rescue workers and 4 sniffer dogs, CCTV news reports on SinaWeibo.

16:37

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has arrived at the epicenter of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake whichjolted southwest China's Sichuan Province and killed at least 124 Saturday

16: 36

Two of the largest air companies in China have set aside 15 passenger airlines, three cargoplanes and three helicopters for rescue efforts taking place in Ya’an, Sichuan province.>>

16:30

Death toll has climbed to 82. More than 2,000 people had been injured and about 383,000people been affected by 2:30pm,according to Sichuan civil affairs department.

16:22
Spokesman of the Ministry of Transport He Jianzhong said two sections of the Beijing-Kunmingexpressway, Chengdu-Ya'an, Ya'an-Xichang, are now the main roads for outside vehicles toenter into Lushan county, the epicenter of the 7-magnitude earthquake, as other roads leadingto the county have been blocked. Both roads are now free for vehicles to pass,Xinhua NewsAgency reported.

Traffic police in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, said on its Sina Weibo, that any rescuevehicles who need escort could contact them through 020-86406906. "We would move ourforces in our quickest possible way to offer help,"the police said.

16:12

About 120,000 residents in Lushan county of Ya’an are awaiting settlement due to the deadlyearthquake, the county government said. Tents, drinking water, instant noodles are among themost needed resources.

16:09

Premier Li Keqiang has arrived in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province. He will take ahelicopter to the epicenter, the CCTV reported.

16:00

Zhang Fulian, 64, weeps at the death of her 16-year-old grandson atGucheng village, Longmen township, Lushan county of Ya’an city, Sichuanprovince. Her grandson died in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hitLushan county. Zhang regrets not waking her grandson earlier, as he waspreparing to take the high school entrance exam, the Beijing News reportedSaturday.

15:57

People stand outside of their houses after a quake hit Ya'an, Sichuan onSaturday morning. [Photo/sina weibo]

15:55
About 80,000 prisoners have been evacuated from prisons in Sichuan after a powerfulearthquake jolted the southwestern Chinese province on Saturday morning. Among them,more than 2,000 were evacuated from a prison in Ya’an county near the epicenter, SichuanDaily reported. No deaths were reported among the prisoners, but one person was injured inthe leg.

15:52

A woman gave birth to a baby at a makeshift tent built at the People's Hospital of Ya'an,Sichuan, Sichuan TV reported. Both the mother and the baby are in good health.

15:50

The power grid of Lushan county was damaged and water supply was cut off after the quake.Tents, water and food are badly needed, Xinhua News Agency reported.

15:46

No student deaths have been reported in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Southwest China'sSichuan province, according to the education authority.

15:40

Chinese authorities have deployed more than 6,000 military and armed police soldiers andseveral aircraft to the area hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China's Sichuanprovince to help with rescue and relief efforts, People's Daily reports.

15: 30

Lushan Middle school was used as a temporary airport after the quake, and 6 planes fromChengdu military region took off for Longmen township of Ya'an, scol.com.cn reported.

15:27

Free porridge and noodles are provided outside the county gym at Lushan county of Ya'ancity, Southwest China's Sichuan province, April 20, 2013.

15: 12

The death toll from a strong quake that struck southwest China's Sichuan province on Saturdayhas risen to 71, according to the China Earthquake Administration.

15:00

Pan Huaiwen, director of the China Earthquake Networks Center, said the 7.0-magnitudeearthquake in Ya’an is estimated to be less serious than the 8.0-magnitude earthquake inWenchuan in 2008, and bigger quakes are not likely to occur after the main quake. Jiang Haikun,vice-director of the prediction department at the center, said the quake in Ya’an is not anaftershock of the Wenchuan quake, Xinhua News Agency reported.

14:52

As of 13:00, firefighters from Sichuan province have rescued 34 people out of the debris of thequake, of whom 32 people,including a pregnant woman and two children, survived. Thefirefighters are now on their way to Longmen, Taoping and Rongsheng, the areas severely hit bythe quake.

14:50

Anchorwoman Chen Ying of Ya'an TV, who was getting marriedwhen the earthquake hit, reports in her wedding gown from thestreet. [Photo by Chengdu Economic Daily via Sina weibo]

14:45The USGS, which rates earthquakes slightly different and has 7.0 listed as a 6.6, butthe table shows the aftershocks since the massive quake.

14:40Flood prevention office of Lushan county said that cracks can be seen inModong Reservoir and Miaoxi Reservoir in Lushan county, and Shiyang Reservoirin Tianquan county. People in downstream have been evacuated.

14:38
Four events of a magnitude 6.0 or greater have occurred within 200km of thelatest event in the past 40 years, including the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake anda subsequent aftershock. The northwestern margin of the Sichuan Basin haspreviously experienced destructive earthquakes, accaccording to USGS data.

14:35
The first 72 hours after the earthquake are the golden time for victims to berescued. The surviving chances for quake victims decrease sharply as time goesby. If rescued within 30 minutes, 95 percent of the victims would survive; within 24hours, 81 percent. For people who are rescued in the second or third day, theirsurvival rate would be 53% and 36.7%.


14:18
The red pin marked A is the epicenter of the earthquake.

14:15

Jiang Haikun from the China Earthquake Network Center said that the 7.0-magnitude earthquakein Ya’an is not an aftershock of the 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Wenchuan in 2008. The distancebetween Ya’an and Wenchuan is more than 60 kilometers. The energy released by the twoearthquakes is highly different, said the expert.

14:05

Beijing is ready to deliver relief items to quake-hit Ya'an, Sichuan province, the Beijing Newsreported.

13:58

A total of 500 tents, food and family bags including towels, quilts, water and clothes have beensent to disaster areas, West China Metropolis Daily reported citing the Sichuan Red Cross.

13: 56

No railways passengers or staff were injured when the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Sichuanprovince, China Railway Corporation said in a news statement on Saturday.

13:40
The injured are being ferried to Lushan People’s Hospital, according to a Chengdu Evening Newsreporter. Ya'an is in urgent need of blood and many residents have answered the call.

13:32

Premier Li Keqiang took a flight to Ya’an at 13:15 to oversee the rescue operation which he hasdiscussed with specialists. He said: “Rescuing people must be the first priority. We will stabilize thesituation and comfort people.” He also warned there will be aftershocks.

13:26
The death toll from a strong quake that struck southwest China's Sichuan province on Saturdaystood at 56, according to Xinhua news agency, quoting the provincial earthquake reliefheadquarters.

13:10
A rescue vehicle fully loaded with about 20 soldiers falls down a cliff on its way to the quake reliefarea, according to a Chengdu Business Daily post on Sina Weibo. There is no report ofcausalities.

12:33

Three gas stations have been set up for rescue vehicles dispatched to the earthquake: Chuanzang station in Yucheng district of Ya’an, Xinnan station in Yingjing county and AndaStation in Lushan county, according to a Sina Weibo post.

12:30

Premier Li Keqiang and a rescue team from China Earthquake Administration has set off toYa'an in Sichuan province, according to Bai Zhenzhi, a journalist of people.com.cn.

12:22

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport resumed operation on 9:11 am, after a brief suspensionof operation due to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the province earlier Saturday morning,according to a news release by Air China.

A flight from Chengdu to Kunming has taken off at 9:32 am from the airport, while another flightlanded at the airport at 10:36 am. By 11 am, 35 of the 44 scheduled flights with the airline havetaken off. At least eight flights linking Chengdu have been canceled, according to the airline.

12:20

Forty six have died in the earthquake, according to the Sichuan Emergency Management Office.

11:58

The Red Cross Society of China said on its Sina Weibo that Beijing has set up a disaster reliefcommand group and is ready to go to disaster areas.

11:51

By 10:15, the death toll is 37 in the earthquake, the Sichuan provincial government said.

11:47

The provincial hospital in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province has enacted a emergencyresponse scheme and been prepared to receive patients. The hospital has so far received twopatients.

11:40

The first rescue team has reached the epicenter of the quake, digging out a total of 26 people, 2have died, CCTV news reports on Sina Weibo.

11:36

Over 32 have died and over 600 are injured in the earthquake according to Party chief of Ya'ancity Xu Mengjia.

11:30

As of 10 am, 117 aftershocks had occurred in Ya'an, with more than 15 aftershocks beingmagnitudes greater than 3 on the Richter scale. There were nine earthquakes between 4.0 and4.9 on Richter scale and one between 5 and 5.9 on Richter scale.

11:21

China's International Search & Rescue Team said on its Sina Weibo that the emergency responseteam will take the earliest flight to the disaster areas.

11:07

28 people have been confirmed dead in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Southwest China'sSichuan province, chinanews.com reported.

11:00

Sina Weibo user "Chengdu volunteers" said that non-professional volunteers are not suggested togo to disaster areas in the following 72 hours in order to make available of the rescue roads.

10:55

One Foundation said on its Sina Weibo that its first rescue team has already arrived in theearthquake-hit area. Its other teams from Hebei, Henan, Guangxi, Beijing, Qinghai and Yunnanhave been built up and prepare to set out.

10:45

Sichuan Earthquake Administration said on its Sina Weibo it has sent out two rescue teams todisaster areas. The two teams include 150 team members from the Sichuan earthquake disasteremergency rescue team and 110 from the Sichuan emergency rescue team.

10:40

More than 2,000 soldiers were rushing to the area hit by a 7.0-magnitude quake in SouthwestChina's Sichuan province for rescue and relief work, said military sources.

10:38

10 have died according to the latest news from People's Daily journalist Zhang Zhong.

10:28

China International Search & Rescue Team said on its Sina Weibo that signals in the quakedisaster areas is not available, and radio amateurs are invited to help in understanding thesituation of the quake.

10:26

Twenty minutes after the earthquake, the armed police in Sichuan province dispatched a rescueteam of 1200 soldiers to the earth-hit area, according to Zhao Bo, journalist of Liberation ArmyDaily.

10:23

Jet Li said on his Sina Weibo that the One Foundation has transferred relief goods and the rescueteam is on the way to disaster areas after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan province.

10:15

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14:18
The red pin marked A is the epicenter of the earthquake.

14:15

Jiang Haikun from the China Earthquake Network Center said that the 7.0-magnitude earthquakein Ya’an is not an aftershock of the 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Wenchuan in 2008. The distancebetween Ya’an and Wenchuan is more than 60 kilometers. The energy released by the twoearthquakes is highly different, said the expert.

14:05

Beijing is ready to deliver relief items to quake-hit Ya'an, Sichuan province, the Beijing Newsreported.

13:58

A total of 500 tents, food and family bags including towels, quilts, water and clothes have beensent to disaster areas, West China Metropolis Daily reported citing the Sichuan Red Cross.

13: 56

No railways passengers or staff were injured when the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Sichuanprovince, China Railway Corporation said in a news statement on Saturday.

13:40
The injured are being ferried to Lushan People’s Hospital, according to a Chengdu Evening Newsreporter. Ya'an is in urgent need of blood and many residents have answered the call.

13:32

Premier Li Keqiang took a flight to Ya’an at 13:15 to oversee the rescue operation which he hasdiscussed with specialists. He said: “Rescuing people must be the first priority. We will stabilize thesituation and comfort people.” He also warned there will be aftershocks.

13:26
The death toll from a strong quake that struck southwest China's Sichuan province on Saturdaystood at 56, according to Xinhua news agency, quoting the provincial earthquake reliefheadquarters.

13:10
A rescue vehicle fully loaded with about 20 soldiers falls down a cliff on its way to the quake reliefarea, according to a Chengdu Business Daily post on Sina Weibo. There is no report ofcausalities.

12:33

Three gas stations have been set up for rescue vehicles dispatched to the earthquake: Chuanzang station in Yucheng district of Ya’an, Xinnan station in Yingjing county and AndaStation in Lushan county, according to a Sina Weibo post.

12:30

Premier Li Keqiang and a rescue team from China Earthquake Administration has set off toYa'an in Sichuan province, according to Bai Zhenzhi, a journalist of people.com.cn.

12:22

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport resumed operation on 9:11 am, after a brief suspensionof operation due to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the province earlier Saturday morning,according to a news release by Air China.

A flight from Chengdu to Kunming has taken off at 9:32 am from the airport, while another flightlanded at the airport at 10:36 am. By 11 am, 35 of the 44 scheduled flights with the airline havetaken off. At least eight flights linking Chengdu have been canceled, according to the airline.

12:20

Forty six have died in the earthquake, according to the Sichuan Emergency Management Office.

11:58

The Red Cross Society of China said on its Sina Weibo that Beijing has set up a disaster reliefcommand group and is ready to go to disaster areas.

11:51

By 10:15, the death toll is 37 in the earthquake, the Sichuan provincial government said.

11:47

The provincial hospital in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province has enacted a emergencyresponse scheme and been prepared to receive patients. The hospital has so far received twopatients.

11:40

The first rescue team has reached the epicenter of the quake, digging out a total of 26 people, 2have died, CCTV news reports on Sina Weibo.

11:36

Over 32 have died and over 600 are injured in the earthquake according to Party chief of Ya'ancity Xu Mengjia.

11:30

As of 10 am, 117 aftershocks had occurred in Ya'an, with more than 15 aftershocks beingmagnitudes greater than 3 on the Richter scale. There were nine earthquakes between 4.0 and4.9 on Richter scale and one between 5 and 5.9 on Richter scale.

11:21

China's International Search & Rescue Team said on its Sina Weibo that the emergency responseteam will take the earliest flight to the disaster areas.

11:07

28 people have been confirmed dead in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Southwest China'sSichuan province, chinanews.com reported.

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Sina Weibo user "Chengdu volunteers" said that non-professional volunteers are not suggested togo to disaster areas in the following 72 hours in order to make available of the rescue roads.

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One Foundation said on its Sina Weibo that its first rescue team has already arrived in theearthquake-hit area. Its other teams from Hebei, Henan, Guangxi, Beijing, Qinghai and Yunnanhave been built up and prepare to set out.

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Sichuan Earthquake Administration said on its Sina Weibo it has sent out two rescue teams todisaster areas. The two teams include 150 team members from the Sichuan earthquake disasteremergency rescue team and 110 from the Sichuan emergency rescue team.

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More than 2,000 soldiers were rushing to the area hit by a 7.0-magnitude quake in SouthwestChina's Sichuan province for rescue and relief work, said military sources.

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10 have died according to the latest news from People's Daily journalist Zhang Zhong.

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China International Search & Rescue Team said on its Sina Weibo that signals in the quakedisaster areas is not available, and radio amateurs are invited to help in understanding thesituation of the quake.

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Twenty minutes after the earthquake, the armed police in Sichuan province dispatched a rescueteam of 1200 soldiers to the earth-hit area, according to Zhao Bo, journalist of Liberation ArmyDaily.

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Jet Li said on his Sina Weibo that the One Foundation has transferred relief goods and the rescueteam is on the way to disaster areas after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan province.

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