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Earthquake stories on Weibo

The Ya'an (雅安) earthquake in southwest China's Sichuan province (四川省) has turned Sina Weibo, the largest Chinese microblogging platform into an on-line information center/broascast station. The Weibo users recorded the touching moments after the devastating earthquake on their phones and cameras and shared the stories with the world.

The Children

Weibo user @随梦而梦Ly, a traffic policeman at Ya'an, posted these photos on his Weibo. He said, "This little girl kept smiling and told me, 'Shushu (uncle, a Chinese term to address male strangers), I am fine. I won't cry. I am strong.' Because of her, the wave after wave of aftershocks did not scare me at all. Don't cry, Ya'an!" Photo: weibo.com

After the earthquake, the children made a painting out of  leaves: a man walking with an umbrella in the rain towards a small tree. "Let's hold up an umbrella for these children, so that we could see their pure smiles again." said @微博位置, the official Weibo of Sina Location-Based Service platform.

"Shushu (uncle), please have some water." Jounalist Li Ge (李舸) from People's Daily (人民日报) witnessed the touching moment of small children giving out bottled water they have saved to the rescue team of firefighters in Baoxing County (宝兴县). Water supply was limited in the small county as major supply routes into the town was severely blocked. "I cried, " Li admitted. 


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