Quake zone students take gaokao in tents
Sitting in a temporary shelter for the annual national college entrance examination, or gaokao, Su Xiao felt little nervous when it shook lightly due to a 2.1 magnitude quake on Tuesday morning.
Su, 19 is one of 1,100 students in the provinces of Yunnan and Qinghai who are taking the examination from Monday to Wednesday at temporary shelters.
A 6.4 magnitude quake struck Yangbi Yi autonomous county in Yunnan's Dali Bai autonomous prefecture on May 21, and a 7.4 magnitude quake jolted Madoi county in Qinghai's Golog Tibetan autonomous prefecture on May 22.
As aftershocks are still active in the regions, local education departments set up two special test sites to ensure students' safety and a smooth examination process.
At Yangbi No 1 Senior High School in Yunnan, 338 students are taking the exam in 13 temporary shelters.
"The shelters have been fitted with cooling facilities, including air conditioners and shade nets, to prevent any discomfort from the scorching weather," said Luo Zhengxiu, vice-principal of the school.
Su said teachers had given students lectures about earthquakes that included ways to escape and protect yourself.
"After the past days' experience, we have become stronger and braver, so none of us panicked when the quake came during the exam," he said.
At Golog National Senior High School in Qinghai, 35 blue tents were erected on the playground before the exam for the 891 candidates in the prefecture.
Each 60-square-meter tent can accommodate 30 students sitting at a reasonable distance, online news platform ThePaper.cn reported, citing Madoi county's education bureau.