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The day before the earthquake in Beichuan

The last entry on a blog called TGP1963 was posted at 7:49am on May 12. According to Hecaitou the blogger is a science teacher at Beichuan Middle School called Tang Guoping. On May 11, teachers and final year students held a sports fun event. Here are some of the pictures taken that afternoon.







The next day, 80% of the buildings in Beichuan county were destroyed. A thousand children were buried in the middle school. Tang Guoping (the man in the first photograph) is said to have been among the survivors.



  1. Mick wrote:

    That picture of the goofy science teacher and his students is just so sad, knowing what came after.

    Friday, May 16, 2008 at 8:24 pm | Permalink
  2. tonytigerballs wrote:

    very touching. heart breaking even. So many lives that had just started to be lived. It must kill the parents to see those pictures. so vivid. so alive.

    Friday, June 6, 2008 at 5:30 pm | Permalink
  3. CGF wrote:

    Just finished watching Ruyi programme.
    Glad to know all are safe after the quake.

    Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 11:32 pm | Permalink
  4. cheyanne wrote:

    that is gust so mean who would do that to a child

    Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

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  1. […] extensive – from blogs, such as the blog of a teacher at the collapsed Beichuan Middle School (via Black and White Cat) the day before the earthquake, to the unprecedented transparency in the domestic media’s […]

  2. […] TGP1963 er navnet på en blog, der er skrevet af en lærer på Beichuan Mellemskole. Eller var skrevet af en lærer. Beichuan var et af de værst ramte områder, hvor 80 procent af bygningerne kollapsede. Det sidste indlæg på bloggen er fra dagen før jordskælvet, hvor lærerne og eleverne holdt idrætsdag. (Via Black and White Cat). […]

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