Thursday, May 22, 2008

4000 Year-Old Village Destroyed By Quake

This village is 4000 years old. It's 1970 above sea level. It is the world's largest and oldest earth-made village. To prevent outside invaders, all the house are linked by an under ground tunnel, and the whole village were built into three layers. Both features proved to be effective when there was a war. However it did not survive t he devastating earthquake on May 12, 2008.

It used to be the capital city of Qiang minority nationality in ancient time. All of the 226 houses collapsed.

It had a population of 1080, but 42 people were killed during the earthquake, including 7 children and 15 old people. 85 people are wounded. It is fortunate that most of the villagers were laboring in the fields when the natural disaster came.

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