Monday, May 12, 2008

Chengdu earthquake felt in Beijing

Robina called me frantically that the building was swaying. she grabbed Sally and ran out. Sally is still panting from the excitement. all the people from our apartment building came downstairs. nearby office buildings were evacuated. bemused office workers and construction workers were all out on the street. even kids in the nearby shopping mall skating ring were all out!
all these felt like the 3.3 scale earthquake we went through in Taipei on 31 Mar 2002! our Taipei survival training helped.

Update: more good news. China Earthquake Bureau (from cautions that there might be 2-6 Richter scale after shocks experiences in Beijing area from 2200-0000hrs this evening. the tremors this afternoon around 1430hrs were just Richter 2. good luck!

Update 2: Chinese official media is now discrediting earlier reports of after shocks predicted for Beijing area tonight. casualty figures for Sichuan epicentre not good. reports coming out that some schools near the disaster area had collapsed.


At 4:28 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hey, hope she, Sally & your home are alright.

Big quake, seems to have been felt all over eastern China.

Do you have any reports of the situation in Sichuan? Haven't seen anything yet. Is comms to the area working? Fear for Chengdu & other places around the epicentre ...

At 2:55 AM, Blogger Orato: Latin for "I Speak" said...

Hi Alvin,

Couldn't find an email contact - I just wanted to tell you that your blog has been re-posted on, a citizen journalism website. Here's the link:

Email me at robyn(at) to discuss, if you like :)


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