May 12, 2008
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Anna Christopher, NPR

   

NPR NEWS REPORTING FROM EPICENTER OF EARTHQUAKE
IN CHINA’S SICHUAN PROVINCE



May 12, 2008; Washington, D.C. – Two hosts of NPR News’ All Things Considered, in Chengdu, China, for the show's first weeklong broadcast from a foreign country, are now reporting on the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Sichuan Province today. They are currently traveling to the quake’s epicenter northwest of Chengdu.

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block reported for today's Morning Edition and will continue to report throughout the day, including for the NPR shows Day to Day and All Things Considered. All their coverage will also be available at www.NPR.org Joining them in China is NPR News Beijing correspondent Anthony Kuhn, who is monitoring the government's response as well as the situation in other parts of the country, and All Things Considered producers Andrea Hsu and Art Silverman.

In an interview this morning with host Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition, Block described the scene in Chengdu: “Everyone in all the buildings had flocked into the street as soon as they felt the earth start to shake. We were standing on the pavement and the earth was undulating – you could feel it moving up and down under your feet. I was right next to a church, and bricks and tile had started falling off the roof of the church. The cross on top was waving wildly. …Everybody was quite terrified, and had never been through this before. This is not something that happens in Chengdu.” The complete interview is available here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90366623

NPR’s All Things Considered is currently in Chengdu preparing for a week of reporting there to air May 19-23 on the show, which is broadcast on more than 640 NPR Member stations nationwide. This marks the first time the NPR flagship afternoon newsmagazine program has reported from another country for an entire week. Details about the week from Chengdu are available at: http://www.npr.org/about/press/2008/050808.ATC.html

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