Sichuan Quake One Week On

The quake effort is inexorably moving from search and rescue to search and recovery. Three days of national mourning has started. The Olympic torch relay has been suspended. Millions stood for three minutes of silence at exactly one week on from when the quake struck Sichuan. Xinhua report and photos here.

The death toll has now passed 34,000. As many as 9,500 more are still believed to be buried. Officials say 77 villages have still be be reached. Aftershocks and bad weather have hampered the effort triggering further mud and rockslides. Two million are now homeless. The long, hard slog of getting life back to normal has started.

Here is a snapshot of the latest situation updater from ReliefWeb:

Here is a satellite image (pdf) of Beichaun City from the TerraSAR-X satellite:

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