April 14, 2010
A huge earthquake struck Yushu province yesterday. It's a remote and beautiful part of the world and conditions there are tough in the best of times. High passes, bad roads, and poor communication are the norm. In my trips there through the region I've made many friends. All must be suffering now.
My guess is that the true scale of this calamity will never be known and the reports of the dead will be wildly underestimated.
An account of my first trip to Jiegu in 1999 (Jiegu is the Tibetan name, Yushu is the official Chinese name): Xining-Garze
Update: Firsthand report of the quake.