Earthquake In China Research Paper

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Sichuan, the center of middle-west China is one of the most beautiful and developed provinces, however, on 12 May 2008 at 2.28 p.m., a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan. It was the twelfth most destructive earthquake in human history and the largest disaster in China since the Tangshan earthquake in 1976. There are totally 87,000 casualties and 46 million people in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Chongqing are affected by the earthquake. Tremors were even felt by residents in Beijing and Shanghai, a thousand miles away (Bin). The earthquake causes a huge economy loss and severe citizen casualties. It 's severity and influence are incredible. Because of damage to Sichuan’s easily destroyed, rugged mountain roads, Most of the big machines, …show more content…
Months after the disaster, people started to turn their grief and sadness into anger. Their loses make them more impulsive. After the disaster, people started to think about the disaster, including the causes, the shortages, and necessary improvements. During this period, many parents gradually become rational but angry. In fact, according to an investigation about the earthquake casualties, thousands of the initial quake 's victims were children crushed in shoddily built schools. The old and poorly repaired school buildings collapsed so rapidly that students don’t have time to evacuate. As a result, impulsive and angry parents go out and protest the government for spending too less money on education facilities. During the protest, some local police harassed the protestors, which causes larger protests and criticism from the government. At least one human rights advocate who championed their cause was arrested. The conflicts between government and citizens last for a very long time. Moreover, The Chinese government has refused to release the number of students who died or their names. But one official report soon after the earthquake estimated that up to 10,000 students died in the collapse of 7,000 classrooms and dormitory rooms (Bin). In July 2008, some reports show that local governments in the province had begun a coordinated campaign to buy the silence of angry parents, whose children died during the earthquake. Most parents whose children died took a payment of about $8,800 from the local government and a guarantee of a pension in exchange for silence. Other than parents, some people are also angry about corruption of the governments. The operation of charity funds was not transparent all the time. Although Chinese government has funded a special team to monitor the usage of funds, some governors still illegally occupied part of the funds through different ways. Sun Shuirong is one of the examples. He is the

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