Welcome to As It Is, the daily magazine from VOA Learning English.
I'm Mario Ritter. Today, we look back five years to a disastrous earthquake in southwest China.
"The wall behind us ripped open, and we all started at it, terrified. But before I could react, the ground split open..."
Today, we also hear about human rights conditions in China, including news about the family of rights activist Chen Guangcheng. And at the end of our show, we tell about an American high school that gives students real-life experience.
Monday marked the fifth anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake in China. The earthquake killed tens of thousands of people. Hundreds of thousands of buildings were seriously damaged or destroyed.
VOA correspondent Bill Ide spoke to survivors who are still struggling with the effects of the earthquake. Faith Lapidus has his report.
美国之音记者Bill Ide跟那些仍在与地震影响作斗争的幸存者讲过话，Faith Lapidus报道。
The Wenchuan earthquake became one of the most destructive disasters in recent memory when it struck Sichuan province in southern China. The quake was centered in Wenchuan County. Scientists say it had a magnitude, or strength, of eight-point-zero.
Nearly 90,000 people were killed in the quake. Many government-built structures collapsed. Collapsed schools killed more than 6,500 students and teachers. There was, and still is, public anger at officials for the building failures and loss of life that resulted.
Wei Ling was in chemistry class when the Wenchuan earthquake struck.
"At first, I thought my teacher was calling me. And then the entire room began to shake. Even the television was shaking. The wall behind us ripped open, and we all started at it, terrified. But before I could react, the ground split open, and I fell down and couldn't feel anything."
People in the affected areas have been attempting to rebuild. Many have taken out bank loans to add to the reconstruction money provided by the government to ensure that their homes are safe.
But experts say more needs to be done. Long Enshen is with Sichuan University's Institute of Disaster Management and Reconstruction."I think that awareness of anti-seismic construction and disaster prevention is now what is most lacking. And I believe that we need to strengthen every day action by the government and by non-government organizations to help with these matters."
I'm Faith Lapidus.
1.rip vt. 撕；锯 vi. 裂开，被撕裂
She ripped a piece of cloth in two.
2.magnitude n. 大小；量级；[地震] 震级；重要；光度
The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 had a magnitude of 8.3.
3.split vt. 分离；使分离；劈开；离开；分解 vi. 离开；被劈开；断绝关系
They went into the room by splitting the door.
4.anti-seismic adj. 抗地震的
Most Chilean buildings resisted February's very strong earthquake so China is interested in our anti-seismic technology.