Wenchuan earthquake: Seven years on
Tuesday marks the seventh anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake, which hit Wenchuan in Southwest China's Sichuan province on May 12, 2008.
It is heartbreaking to remember the magnitude 8 earthquake that claimed more than 80,000 lives and traumatized hundreds of thousands who survived.
But at the same time it is heartwarming and inspiring to see the new towns that have sprung up in places that were flattened by the earthquake and the better quality of life the survivors now enjoy.
Seven-year-old Li Yangyang stands in front of her damaged house after the deadly earthquake in Anyang county, Mianyang city of Southwest China's Sichuan province, May 14, 2008. [Photo/IC]
Li Yangyang, 12, stands in front of her new home on May 1, 2013. [Photo/IC]
This photo taken on May 17, 2008, shows the collapsed Xuankou Middle School in Yingxiu county. [Photo/IC]
People gather at the old school building to mourn the victims of the disaster on May 12, 2013. [Photo/IC]
View of the Baihua Bridge damaged by the massive earthquake in Dujiangyan city, Sichuan province, May 28, 2008. [Photo/IC]
The Baihua Bridge under construction in Yingxiu town, Wenchuan county, Aba autonomous prefecture, Sichuan province, May 1, 2009. [Photo/IC]
An aerial view of Wenchuan county on May 12, 2008. [Photo/IC]
Photo taken on April 18, 2013, shows the aerial view of the redeveloped Wenchuan county. [Photo/IC]
View of a street in Wenchuan county after the earthquake on May 12, 2008. [Photo/IC]
View of the same street on April 27, 2013. [Photo/IC]
Rescue underway in Yingxiu county after the earthquake, May 25, 2008. [Photo/IC]
Tourists in Yingxiu county on Aug 3, 2014. [Photo/IC]