Photographer's Note

As many of you will know, a huge earthquake struck China yesterday, and already the estimated death toll is 10,000 but it will likely be a large number more as many of the places close to the epicentre are yet to be reached. In some towns nearby reports say that 80% of the buildings have collapsed.

Baoji, where I live, is around 300miles from the epicentre and also experienced violent shaking which lasted for around 1 minute, maybe more. Coming from the UK (a tectonically inactive part of the world) earthquakes are not something I'm used to, and being 4 floors up the the quake hit was a scary experience. Buildings really aren't meant to be shaken that much, and I honestly believe it couldn't have taken a great deal more without collapsing. The whole building shook violently from left to right, and also up and down. The walls cracked, guttering collapsed, chunks of concrete fell off the outside walls, things fell over in the apartment and people were running, shouting and screaming from their apartments. Many old people were particularly upset and I saw some crying from the shock of it, but Baoji survived pretty much intact.

I'll be honest and say I was more concerned with my life than getting the camera, and in the rush out I didn't take it and capture any of these scenes. There were reports of more and more aftershocks that would be coming all through the day and night, and a large one hit at around 4am local time. Because of these continual reports most people would not return to their apartments, and this is what I have captured. Normally this building would be completely illuminated at night with light in most windows, but yesterday only a few brave souls were inside.

Most people spent the night in the park, including myself and friends. I wish I could have captured something more interesting, but hey: you live you learn! and this photo is more about the story behind it.

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