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School smashed in earthquake is rebuilt

THE reconstruction of main buildings of a school destroyed in last year's earthquake was completed on Monday in southwest China's Sichuan Province - and built to withstand a strong earthquake.

The new school in Beichuan County, covering 15 hectares, will have three teaching buildings, four dormitories, an office building, a library, an auditorium and a memorial hall.

It will also have two playgrounds and a memorial square.

The project is expected to cost 200 million yuan (US$29.4 million), said Zhang Fangyao, the project manager.

"The new school will have a floor space of 720,000 square meters and can enroll 5,200 students," he said.

"It is scheduled to be put into use on September 1 next year," he said.

The school was funded by the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese.

The reconstruction started at 2:28pm on May 12 this year, the exact moment the magnitude 8.0 quake struck Wenchuan County of Sichuan a year before.

More than 1,300 of the old school's 2,900 students and teachers were killed or left missing in the rubble of the collapsed school's buildings. Surviving students have attended classes in temporary pre-fab structures in the suburb of Mianyang City since shortly after the disaster.

The new Beichuan Middle School was the first project to be built in the new seat of Beichuan County. The new seat is between Yong'an Township and Anchang Township, about 23 kilometers from the former county seat, one of the worst-hit areas in the quake.

"The new school buildings can withstand the impact of a quake of 8 grades on the intensity scale," Zhang said.

A quake is measured by its magnitude and intensity. The magnitude indicates the amount of energy released at the source, or the epicenter, and is measured by the Richter Scale.

The intensity of a quake at a particular locality indicates the violence of earth motion produced there by the quake. It is determined from reported effects of the tremor on human beings, furniture, buildings, geological structure and others.

The quake on May 12, 2008, measuring 8.0 on the Richter Scale and up to 11 in terms of intensity, left nearly 80,000 people dead or missing and millions homeless.


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