China Earthquake: A Year Of Recovery
May 8, 2009 A year after a devastating earthquake, Sichuan province in China is still rebuilding. Many children remain separated from their parents. To raise awareness of victims still in need, Abigail Washburn and Dave Liang spent two weeks in Sichuan to create Afterquake, an album that mixes actual sounds of the rebuilding with the voices of relocated school children.
May 7, 2009 In its first official tally of children killed in last year's earthquake, the Chinese government said Thursday that more than 5,300 died. NPR's Melissa Block and Anthony Kuhn talk about the government's response to angry parents, activists and the media over the past year.
May 7, 2009 The most politically sensitive story to come out of the earthquake that hit southwest China last May is the question of why so many schools collapsed. Since the earthquake, parents who have demanded accountability for the deaths of their children have been punished. One couple shares their frustration.
May 6, 2009 China's government and developers are sinking money into tourism projects around the zone where tens of thousands of people died in last May's earthquake. From laser tag in Baoshan to a museum in Dayi that will feature quake simulators, they're aiming to boost the local economy — and memorialize the dead.
May 5, 2009 Two days after the earthquake struck southwestern China last May, Melissa Block interviewed a couple as rescue workers searched for their toddler son and his grandparents who were buried under a collapsed apartment building. Block checks in with the boy's aunt to see how the family is coping with the loss of its loved ones.
May 5, 2009 Last May, an earthquake devastated southwest China, toppling buildings. The culprit, says earthquake engineer Elizabeth Hausler, was precast concrete slabs. Hausler is now on a mission in Sichuan to help people build homes that can withstand future earthquakes.
May 4, 2009 Huang Meihua lost her legs when her school collapsed on her last May in the China earthquake. Now, she struggles with classmates gawking at her prosthetic legs. And she and her parents worry about where she'll attend classes when her temporary school closes.
May 4, 2009 When the 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit southwest China in May 2008, Beichuan county was among the hardest hit. Now, Beichuan is abandoned, but it's becoming a tourist attraction. Vendors like Mu Zhenxian, who lost 16 family members, sell photos of the burial ground.