- from Earthquakes
“Help! Help!” Faint cries came from seven schoolchildren who were buried beneath the rubble of their three-story primary school on the afternoon of May 12, 2008.
An earthquake had just hit their mountainous village in Sichuan province, China.
After 70 hours, a team led three rescue dogs into the wrecked building and located the children. Miraculously, the rescuers pulled all seven from the ruins. Among the survivors was 12-year-old ballet student Li Yue, who had been buried, unable to move for the entire time. But Li Yue was strong, and she never lost hope. She did, however, lose her leg, which had to be amputated.
The Sichuan earthquake was one of the most devastating quakes in history. Over 80,000 people died or went missing, over 400,000 people were injured, and at least 10 million people were left homeless. Thousands of schoolchildren died because their schools were poorly built.