During our interviews with the six students from the relocated
Wenchuan Shuimou Middle School, we asked each student what the
quake sounded like. Here their voices are mimicking the earthquake.
Originally the voice of Yang Yuanying sang a Tibetan refrain to Han
Hong’s song Hometown (家乡) which was
removed due to some unclear copyright issues. All of the students
are in relocation schools because their hometowns were devastated
by the quake and they are uncertain when they will return
Here is an excerpt from the transcript of the interview with Yang
Yuanying on March 17:
Q: What did the earthquake sound like?
A: That sound… I don’t know how to describe it. It sounded sort of
like thunder. It really sounded like the starting of a car, but
Q: Can you mimic the sound?
A: Hooooh…really scary. A loud hoooooh.
Q: Were any friends, family, or classmates injured in the
A: My little brother hurt his foot in the earthquake. He is getting
medical treatment somewhere else. My older brother died in the
quake, as did my uncle and aunt.