Above: Kunsang Dekyi holds her four-month-old nephew, one of nine family members she rescued from earthquake rubble.

ON THIS DATE in 2010, sixteen-year-old Kunsang Dekyi rescued nine members of her family after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook their home in Northwest China’s Qinghai province. She told People’s Daily Online that she was on her way to school when she “felt the ground shaking” and saw several houses collapse. She raced back home to find her family’s house on a hill buried under rocks. “I wept as I dug away the rubble with all my might,” she said. “ I dug out my mom. Then she helped me dig out my brother and together we found my sister and her son.” It took Kunsang most of the day to retrieve all nine of her family members from the ruins.

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