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April 17, 2010
Golmud, Qinghai, China
Tibetan monks prepare for the mass cremation of earthquake victims on a mountaintop in Yushu county, Qinghai province, in China. A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the province on 14 April, killing over 2,600 people and injuring some 12,000 more. Tibetans usually practice sky burial, leaving corpses out for vultures, but the sheer numbers of dead in this case forced the monks to abandon tradition.
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KeywordsYushu Earthquake (China : 2010) Earthquakes Natural disasters Cremation Monks Buddhist monks
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Guang Niu was born in Beijing, China in 1963, and holds Canadian nationality. He studied at the Beijing TV and Broadcasting School, and began his professional career as a photographer with The Associated Press in Beijing in 1997. In 2000, he moved as a staff photographer to Reuters and from 2004 to Getty Images, both in the Chinese capital. Since 2009, Guang Niu has been working freelance.