China's tofu construction

A rescue worker's lament while searching the rubble in Sichuan. Plus: Three minutes of no searching, in honor of the dead


Andrew Leonard
May 23, 2008 11:00PM (UTC)

A rescue worker digging through the rubble of a school that collapse in the Sichuan earthquake, killing 278 students exclaims:

"It's this tofu dregs construction! Inside the concrete, there's only wire, not a single bit reinforcing bar."

The school was built in 1994. (From Southern Weekend, translated by China Digital Times.)

And in other earthquake-related news, China Vortex features a striking, and humbling, chart showing Google China's search logs for the afternoon of May 19th, when China observed three minutes of silence in memory of the dead.

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As China Vortex observes, "The graph says it all."


Andrew Leonard

Andrew Leonard is a staff writer at Salon. On Twitter, @koxinga21.

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