- from Earthquakes
“Help! Help!” Soft cries came from seven schoolchildren in the mountain village of Sichuan province, China.
It was May 12, 2008. An earthquake had just hit their town, and they were buried under their three-story elementary school.
It took 70 hours for a team to reach them, with help from three rescue dogs. All seven children were pulled out of the ruined school. One survivor was 12-year-old ballet student Li Yue. She was so stuck in the rubble, she couldn’t even move the whole time. But she was strong and never lost hope. She lived, but her leg had to be removed because it was crushed.
The Sichuan earthquake was one of the worst in history. Thousands of students died because their schools were not built well. Over 80,000 people died or went missing. Another 400,000 people were hurt, and at least 10 million lost their homes.