21. May 16th, 2008 8:56 pm
This event is being covered extensively by Chinese and international media and it seems that the area must be teeming with journalists.
Are journalists staying overnight in Chengdu or the affected smaller cities? In the affected areas, do the journalists’ needs for food and shelter compete with the needs of the Chinese people?
— Posted by Chen Wang
22. May 16th, 2008 8:59 pm
Don’t earthquakes and tsunamis, etc. reflect shifts in the tectonic plates? I seem to recall a series of disasters moving around the earth back when the tsunami hit. Is the huge cyclone in any way related to the earthquake? Either way, are we likely to see more geological activity?
— Posted by Shane
23. May 16th, 2008 9:01 pm
Can you tell us why the damage in some of the towns in Sinchuan Province was so catastrophic? And is the Chinese government considering a change in building codes for the province because of its precarious geography?
— Posted by Chris Burns
24. May 16th, 2008 9:04 pm
chinese government are trying their best, we must help them! china has a large population, to manage it is not easy!
— Posted by kent
25. May 16th, 2008 9:04 pm
Why did it take so long for the Chinese government to understand the enormity of the problem in Sichuan?
— Posted by lee
26. May 16th, 2008 9:05 pm
Can better buildings be designed to withstand this type of earthquake in future? Maybe a chinese prototype similar to adobe buildings in the south western United States. It appears that quite a few homes and school buildings & factories fell on their residents in and around Chengdu. If built maybe such prototypes might prevent loss of life & injuries.
— Posted by mann lu
27. May 16th, 2008 9:13 pm
I would like to know more about those orphenage kids in Sichuan. How can I make direct donation to help those kids? Thanks.
— Posted by Grace Chen
28. May 16th, 2008 9:14 pm
China is not a rich country. US should help those poor people at this moment. But US government only donate $500,000, it looks strange.
— Posted by Dawei Zhou
中國不是一個富有的國家。美國在這個時刻應該幫助那些可憐的人。但是，美國政府僅僅捐獻 $500,000 , 看來奇怪！
29. May 16th, 2008 9:15 pm
How many dams were damaged and if any were – how can they be fixed?
— Posted by Joesph Chang
30. May 16th, 2008 9:17 pm
As many know a grave natural disaster is traditionally taken in China to signal a terrible upcoming event or the loss of mandate of heaven for the emperor or dynasty. The last massive earthquake in fact did coincide with the death of Chairman Mao. I believe the volcano eruption before that was right before the rise of Chairman Mao!
Is there a sense around Sichuan of this superstition? I imagine in the urban areas the concern is much more geared towards the sick and dying. Yet I’m curious if the traditional view of these omens or signs still flourishes in rural Sichuan.
Thank you kindly, and good luck.
— Posted by Tyler