Highway to southwest China's quake zone reopened after being blocked by landslide

10:59, June 01, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The photo taken on May 30, 2010 shows the site of a landslide in Wenchuan County, the epicenter of the magnitude-8 Sichuan earthquake in 2008, southwest China's Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Wen Xuan)

Traffic has resumed on a national highway to southwest China's Wenchuan County, the epicenter of the magnitude-8 Sichuan earthquake in 2008, after it was blocked by a landslide, said local authorities.

The No. 213 National Highway was reopened around 8 p.m. Monday after two days' emergency work, said Gou Xueliang, deputy head of Wenchuan county department of transport.

The landslide happened at about 10 a.m. last Saturday in Suoqiao Village. About 12,000 cubic meters of rocks and mud blocked the No. 213 National Highway, a vital lifeline for the reconstruction of Wenchuan, said Li Jie, an official with the county's information office.

A passage was dug through earth deposited by the landslide Sunday night, but was not immediately opened to traffic because of concerns about the stability of the mountain, Gou said.

The national highway has been closed three times since 2008 by natural disasters. Previously it was suspended because of the earthquake on May 12, 2008 and again by a rockfall on July 25, 2009.



  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • A ceremony is held in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, on Sept. 28, 2011, to commemorate the 2,562nd birthday of Confucius (551-479 BC), a Chinese thinker, educationist and philosopher. (Xinhua/Wu Ching-teng)
  • The world's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for delivery arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, capital of Japan, on Sept. 28, 2011. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, whose buyer is All Nippon Airways (ANA), will implement a flight of ANA on Oct. 26 from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Hong Kong in south China. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)
  • A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter shows what is believed to be human jawbone found inside a mass grave near Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya, Spet. 27, 2011. The NTC on Sunday said they had found a mass grave containing the bodies of 1,270 people killed by Gaddafi's security forces in a 1996 massacre at Abu Salim prison in southern Tripoli. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
  • Rescue workers and local residents search for survivors after a building collapsed in old Delhi, India, Sept. 27, 2011. At least 10 people were killed and 35 injured when an old three-storey building collapsed. More than a dozen people are still feared trapped under the debris, police said. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)
  • A visitor has flying experience in the windmill castle of Jinshitan National Holiday resort in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 27, 2011. The castle is a 23-meter-high building with 21 meters in diameter. The castle uses wind tunnel to make objects floating in the air. It is the first indoor stadium in China, which enables people to have flying experience. (Xinhua/Zhang Chunlei)
  • Forces of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) shoot shells to the fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi outside Bani Walid, Libya, Sept. 27, 2011. Bani Walid is still occupied by fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)
Hot Forum Discussion