Glimpse into China’s Sichuan Earthquake: Photos and Illustrations

June 3, 2008 – 9:46 pm

eq iconTwo artists capture the stories and emotions during and in the aftermath of the May 12th Earthquake in Sichuan, China in illustrations and Photographs

 On May 12th, 2008, a 8.0-magnitude quake jolted southwest China’s Sichuan Province, claiming at least 69,016 lives, leaving 18,830 missing, injuring 368,545 and displacing 15 million people, according to official statistics as of June 2nd 2008.

Its easy to disconnect numbers from human casualties, especially at this magnitude. The breadth of tragedy and destruction is almost too large to comprehend.

A collection of pictures were captured by a professional photographer at a wedding  provides a glimpse into the moments of terror that occured as the earthquake happened.


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View collection here
View original Chinese source here

Another artist, Coco Wang, drew a set of 10 comics that narrates various dramatic stories in the earthquake aftermath. Some with happy endings, some depressing, all captivating.


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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5  | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Introduction here
Artist speaks here

Various press from around the world has also captured countless images of the earthquake.  Notable collection is from The Australian


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These images provide a glimpse into the tragedy and destruction that occured and continues to occur during recovery of the devastation.Twitter played a notable role during the earthquake that provided the world instant updates about the quake from China. Twitter actually broke the news of the earthquake before the US Geological Survey.

People followed the Sichuan earthquake live through twitter posting from residents in that region.  Summize is a search mechanism that displays any twitters based on certain keywords, in this case, earthquake.


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