May 12, 2008

An earthquake measuring 8.0 strikes at 14:28:04 in Wenchuan county, Sichuan province.

May 13, 2008

Rescue teams and other relief personnel enter devastated Beichuan county and begin rescuing survivors.

May 15, 2008

A Japanese rescue team, the first overseas team accepted, flies to Beijing.

May 18, 2008

The State Council declares the following three days as national days of mourning.

May 19, 2008

People across the nation observe three minutes of silence.

May 24, 2008

Premier Wen Jiabao and the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon respond to questions from reporters in Yingxiu.

May 31, 2008

A helicopter carrying 14 people crashes near Yingxiu.

June 8, 2008

The State Council issues regulations on rehabilitation and reconstruction.

July 4, 2008

A three-year deadline for rehabilitation and reconstruction is set.

Aug 8, 2008

Earthquake survivor Lin Hao marches with basketball star Yao Ming at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Sept 25, 2008

The Ministry of Civil Affairs puts the death toll at 69,227. It says 374,643 were injured and that 17,923 people are listed as missing.

Jan 24 to 25, 2009

Wen spends the first Lunar New Year after the quake with victims from Beichuan, Deyang and Wenchuan.

March 2, 2009

It is announced that May 12 will become the National Day of Disaster Prevention and Reduction.

March 20, 2009

The World Bank lends $770 million for reconstruction, the largest emergency aid loan in the bank’s history.

April 1, 2009

A nationwide program of reinforcing school buildings begins. From April 1 to April 4, Beichuan county is reopened to the relatives of quake victims.

April 4, 2009

On the first Tomb Sweeping Day since the earthquake, more than 10,000 people in Yingxiu take part in mass mourning.

May 11, 2009

The State Council Information Office issues a white paper on disaster reduction. Rebuilding of Yingxiu begins.

May 12, 2009

The first anniversary of the earthquake.

Jan 31, 2010

Yongchang, a town established to replace quake-leveled Beichuan county, is opened. It is the first relocation of a town since the earthquake.

May 12, 2010

The second anniversary.

Aug 2010

The new Beichuan Primary School, covering 150,000 square meters, is opened.

Sept 20, 2010

Sichuan met a central government goal of shortening the three-year reconstruction period to two years.

Nov 20, 2010

A project aimed at restoration of cultural heritage sites begins, and is projected to be complete the following year.

Jan 18, 2011

Post-earthquake work is essentially complete, a government work report says.

Feb 1, 2011

A ceremony is held to commemorate the founding of the new site of Beichuan Qiang autonomous county.

April 23, 2011

Post-earthquake work will be completed before September, the government of Sichuan says.

May 12, 2011

The third anniversary.

May 2012

Ninety-nine percent of 29,692 reconstruction projects, with a target investment 865.8 billion yuan, are completed.

May 10, 2012

A book on how Shanghai helped the city of Dujiangyan rebuild is completed. It has 1.2 million characters and more than 500 photos.

May 10

2012 A book on how Shanghai helped the city of Dujiangyan rebuild is completed. It has 1.2 million characters and more than 500 photos.

May 11, 2012

An emergency drill, said to be the biggest in history, is held in across the province. It starts at 2 pm and lasts four hours with more than 10,000 people taking part in.

May 12, 2011

The fourth anniversary.

Oct 2012

A database on earthquake relief is set up.

Nov 29, 2012

The freeway between Yingxiu and Wenchuan, a main project in the reconstruction program, is opened.

Jan 2013

Wenchuan County was named as a model resort promoting tourism in rural areas.

May 12, 2013

The fifth anniversary.

April 20, 2013

Lushan Earthquake