Category Archives: From Chengdu, China Earthquake

“How Much Was Your Tent?”

              Upon emerging from my apartment at 11:30 a.m. today,  I found that my neighbors had been quite productive that morning despite little sleep due to our midnight scare.   Elaborate makeshift dwellings had suddenly appeared.  Chairs, tables, sofas, mattresses, … Continue reading

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A Midnight Madness; A Morning Lull

              Despite bringing along important documents and overnight necessities, my midnight camping “trip,” along with the rest of Chengdu, didn’t last long.  I called it quits at 3 a.m.               All would have been quite comfortable outside had it … Continue reading

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Midnight Developments: More Quakes To Come?

              Near the close of our first day of mourning, panic has set in as TV news reports tell us of a threat of several tremors, perhaps larger than the first.  We are urged to do what we feel … Continue reading

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The Week At An End

            Sunday morning after 1 a.m. had me emailing when another 45-second aftershock of 5.7 shook the building.  As it grew in intensity, sounds of doors opening and people talking filled my stairwell.  Our courtyard once again crowded with … Continue reading

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Jason from Dujiangyan Calls

               In my May 13th blog, I told the story of my former college student, Jason (Ji Ke), and his family who live near the hard-struck city of Dujiangyan.  We toured the famous irrigation tourist park there last May.  I visited … Continue reading

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Better Overly Safe Than Overly Sorry

                            For two days, my 20-minute walk across campus to attend my language classes has been somewhat astonishing.               After classes resumed on Thursday, I expected the thousands of university students and faculty living on campus to return to their … Continue reading

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By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

            A hazy moon filled the sky Wednesday night.             Those on the university campus were in for a better sleep than the rainy night before.  With classes starting the next day, they would need it.             As I was … Continue reading

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Not Yet Back to Normal

                           A Wednesday sunrise was to bring normality to Chengdu.              The  pouring rain stopped.  Not a single noticeable tremor the entire night.  Our campers from the upper floors had dwindled, mostly because the constant rain had chased them … Continue reading

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An Earthquake Rain Dampens Spirits

                 Once again, our upper stories remain strangely dark as the rain comes pouring down.   At present, there are 4 tents now set up in my apartment complex courtyard.                  Earlier in the day, we had quite a crowd … Continue reading

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Chengdu Earthquake News from China

              Nearing 9 p.m. on Monday evening, my apartment complex here in Chengdu was oddly vacant.  Upper-story windows had no lights shining through.  No T.V.s were on or family talks heard through the walls.  Where was everyone?  Most of … Continue reading

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