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Locals Remember Deadly Sichuan Earthquake, 10 Years On

Jagged rocks left by the earthquake overlook Wenchuan’s county seat at night on Jagged rocks left by the earthquake overlook Wenchuan’s county seat at night on April 12, 2018. Photo: CaixinApril 12, 2018. Photo: CaixinJagged rocks left by the earthquake overlook Wenchuan’s county seat at night on April 12, 2018. Photo: Caixin
Jagged rocks left by the earthquake overlook Wenchuan’s county seat at night on Jagged rocks left by the earthquake overlook Wenchuan’s county seat at night on April 12, 2018. Photo: CaixinApril 12, 2018. Photo: CaixinJagged rocks left by the earthquake overlook Wenchuan’s county seat at night on April 12, 2018. Photo: Caixin

On May 12, 2008, Beichuan High School teacher Li Gang was in the middle of a P.E. lesson with his class when the field they were standing on began to move.

He immediately realized that, as he later put it, “something big was about to happen.” The ground began to buckle, and some of his students fell over. As Li anxiously called for the teenagers to crouch down in a circle, a nearby school building collapsed, crumbling “just like a sandcastle,” sending a cloud of dust out over the students’ heads.

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