After last week's earthquake in Sichuan, China is in a state of real mourning. Not only the Southwest has been devastated by the disaster; it has affected the whole nation. All over China today, tomorrow, and the next day, there is mourning. The crucial point for rescue teams passed today (though they remain hard at work, against all hope), and the nation is officially grieving.
Each day during this period, there is a 3-minute period of silence beginning at 2:28 pm (the time the earthquake hit last week). All entertainment centers are closed for this 3 days, and all radio and television stations are airing nothing but news. It is a national period of working through grief.
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