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Seismic Activity in Sichuan

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Residents fled buildings for the sidewalks in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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For the past few months, our colleagues at All Things Considered have been planning a week-long series of broadcasts from China. In advance of their trip there, hosts and producers have kept a blog, called Chengdu Diary.

They had intended to focus on "how the ever-widening generational divide affects people and society." My, how things can change.

Earlier today, an earthquake, registering 7.8 on the Richter scale, devastated Sichuan province. Melissa Block was there, in the middle of an interview, when it hit. The ground "undulated," she said. The Chinese government has estimated that at least 9,000 people have died.

We'll talk to William C. Kirby, the Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of History at Harvard University. Just a few weeks ago, he was in Sichuan.

Kirby will tell us about the region and its two largest cities, and he'll compare today's earthquake to one in Tangshan, back in 1976.

If you have friends or family in Sichuan, have you spoken to them today? How are they? If you've visited the region, tell us what it's like.

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I recently graduated from a 4 year university. I agree with what your saying, but I feel are system is very tainted. I have lots of friends who are in college and will probably never graduated. They really shouldn't even be in college. I think it would be better if they went to trade school or if schools were more willing to help them out. The majority of them can not pass college algebra or other basic classes and have been stuck at entry-level classes for 4 years.

Sent by Blake Taylor | 2:52 PM | 5-12-2008

Chengdu is a beautiful city,if you have been there before ,you will never forgot the expearance of being there.

Sent by david | 5:27 AM | 5-13-2008

I recently edited the Future Fashion Folio for the International COstumers Guild annual convention. The images that made the cover were from an incredibly talented young lady from BaZhong Second-Middle School in Sichuan Province. I'm trying to find out if her school was hit.

Sent by Karen Tully | 12:26 PM | 5-13-2008

Let me guess, Blake -- you were an English major, right?

Sent by EmmyNem | 1:58 PM | 5-13-2008

someone i know died!:(

Sent by maria | 5:33 PM | 5-19-2008