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A MAG 7.8 earthquake occurred in Chengdu today at 2:28pm or UTC 06:28:00. lyrrael, an American volunteer living in Chengdu reports the earthquake at twitter. Will also writes about his experience in his blog.
My family had an F/E student from Chengdu and we are concerned. How bad was Chengdu hit? Damage?
How close are you to the epicenter of the quake? I work for NBC Nightly News w/Brian Williams in New York. We are looking for survivors to interview.
Do you know anyone or would you be able to talk to us?
NBC Nightly News
My dad lives in Chengdu. He is American, 64 years old, married to a Chinese citizen. He emailed me that he and his wife are uninjured but have no water or gas. I will ask him if he is willing to be interviewed.
Thank you, Shana – pleas pass on my contact info to your father: 212.664.4971 or if you provide his number I will be happy to call him.
I just survived earthquake, avalanche and landslide in Mr. Siguniang. We were on horse back hiking on a scenary trail when everything happened. I was the last registered tourist to retreat to safety. Avalanche stopped only 50-100 m from where I survived.
So happy to hear you made it out alive. Is there any way I can reach you by phone to talk to you about what you survived?
Amanda Ingersoll, NBC News
For those with friends or relatives in Chengdu city proper, please do not be too concerned. The earthquake was significant, but did not cause any major damage. We have not heard any reports of serious building collapses, only injuries caused by masonry falling. Earlier, up to about 9pm, almost everyone was outdoors, but most have now returned to their homes. There are still quite a number who would rather remain outside and are ‘camped’ out in parks or by the rivers, sleeping on mats, quilts or blankets grabbed from their houses. The phone systems are overloaded by the volume of calls, so again don’t be too worried if you can’t contact someone – just keep trying.
Hi. My father lives in Cheng du with his girlfriend who is a chinese citizen. He is a teacher there. We are all very concerned. Does anyone know how to communicate with anyone that would have news or a list of survivors or anything of that nature?
We are trying to contact my stepson Ben Hunter who worked at the bookworm in Chengdu
Thank you all for your calls – however, we’re done booking interviews for tonight’s broadcast. Our thoughts are with everyone there and those with family in the affected areas.
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