After the Earthquake: Reporting from China

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The sound of the earthquake in progress, recorded by Melissa Block

Rescuers try to free a boy from the collapsed Juyuan middle school. Click for slideshow. XINHUA/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The death toll in China has topped 8,500 today after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck in Sichuan province.

NPR correspondent Melissa Block was in the middle of an interview when the shaking started. She continued out into the street, rolling tape of the scene around her. It's scary, and it sounds it.

An early major report is here. The group is continuing to cover the story on its blog.



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I cannot get the audio link to work. Am I missing something?

Sent by Scott | 2:26 PM | 5-12-2008

@Scott You might try going through the link to the story itself--

A pain, but it's worth it.

Sent by Laura Conaway, NPR | 2:41 PM | 5-12-2008

wow, what a radio pro, narrating a 7.8 with total calm!

Sent by benjamin | 4:20 PM | 5-12-2008

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