one year later


On May 12, 2008, a powerful earthquake devastated many areas in China's Sichuan Province. The magnitude-7.9 quake killed nearly 70,000 people and left 11 million people homeless. One year after the earthquake, many survivors are still waiting for a permanent and satisfactory settlement. Numerous still reside in temporary housing units scattered across the affected earthquake zone, waiting for permanent housing or  evenhanded government compensation towards the purchase of new homes.

A monument stands above the destroyed city of Beichuan, Sichuan Province, China. Over 15,000 people perished in the city. The Chinese government decided to evacuate all remaining residents and will not rebuild the city.

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A trio of men burn offerings at a memorial in the area overlooking the city of Beichuan, one of the most devastated of all cities in the Sichuan Province. The area remains as a shrine to the many lost. 

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Old photographs of Beichuan are posted along a fence that keeps visitors out of the earthquake ravaged city.

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A locked metal gate encloses ruined buildings in Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China. One year after the notorious tremor, the city is lined with inhabitable buildings and earthquake debris.

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A woman collects usable items from a quake ravaged seciton of Dujiangyan. 

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Writing lines a chalkboard at the site of the nine year compulsory education school in Bailu Town, Sichuan Province, China. The damaged school has become a tourist attraction as it was one of the few schools that didn't collapse during the earthquake. The collapse of many schools during the earthquake sparked outrage and badly eroded confidence in the construction of schools in China. 

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A man cuts steel bars collected from uninhabitable buildings in Dujiangyan. 

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Life goes on amongst the rubble as people head to work in Dujiangyan.

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A tattered magazine rests among the debris of a destroyed building in Dujiangyan.

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A crew works in one of the many areas filled with uninhabitable buildings to collect usable steel rods for future construction in Dujiangyan.

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An overview of Leigu Township, Sichuan Province, China, a town located near the destroyed city of Beichuan. The buildings in the middleground are the blue-roofed temporary housing units.

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A young boy plays an afternoon game of ping pong in the temporary housing units in Leigu Township. The population of Leigu Township swelled drastically after survivors of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake flooded in to a vast array of newly built housing units. 

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Earthquake refugees tend to a garden at a temporary housing center in the city of Pongzhou, Sichuan Province, China. Many of the residents of housing centers were farmers before the earthquake. 

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A group of farmers eat dinner at a temporary housing area near the town of Xin Xing, Sichuan Province, China. The farmers had originally lived and worked on this land. However, government officials informed them that their land was needed as ground for temporary housing units. The following day, their home was razed and construction on the blue-roofed units began. 

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Women prepare for dinner in a temporary housing center outside of Pongzhou. Most of the men leave the temporary housing units to find work in neighboring towns. Many living in these units cannot afford new homes or afford to fix their damaged homes, even with compensation offers from the government. 

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A retired farmer rests in his temporary housing unit where he lives with his wife, children and grandchild in temporary housing near Pongzhou. The family home was destroyed in the earthquake. 

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Children gather for afternoon games at the Qinpangou School in northern Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. The school is made up of children from the Wenchuan area, which was devastated in last year's earthquake. 

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Students of the Qinpangou School play tug-of-war in northern Chengdu. The students are displaced earthquake refugees from Wenchuan and only visit their families between semesters.

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Students play games at the Qinpangou School in Chengdu. The school is made up of children from the earthquake ravaged Wenchuan area.

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Students wait in the hallway between classes at the Qinpangou School in northern Chengdu. The Chinese government is currently rebuilding schools in the Wenchuan area.

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Faculty and students stand outside the Qinpangou School in northern Chengdu. One year after the earthquake, many survivors are still waiting for a permanent and satisfactory settlement from their government.

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A man sheds tears during an event at Tianfu Square in Chegdu, on May 12, 2009, to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Sichuan Earthquake. 

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Crowds mourn during an event at Tianfu Square in Chegdu on May 12, 2009, to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Sichuan Earthquake.

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Pride for China is rife as crowds gather commemorate the one year anniversary of the Sichuan Earthquake.

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