China : Shichuan Earthquake 7.8 四川省汶川地震最新情况
On Monday, May 12, at 2.28 p.m. Beijing time (6:28 GMT), a major earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, jolted southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. Several lower-scale earthquakes and aftershocks followed in the same area. The quake destroyed many buildings in the area, as well as infrastructure like communication towers.
According to the latest reports, more than 12,000 people have died and many more have been injured or are missing. Many schools were destroyed, including one that had at least 900 students in it. As authorities reach more remote areas, these numbers are expected to rise.
Chinese state media say more than 50,000 people have died in the earthquake that devastated parts of China on Monday. The warning comes after the government confirmed that the death toll had risen to 19,500 Rescue efforts continue to search for thousands still trapped. About 10m people across the Sichuan province have been directly affected by the 7.9 quake.
Chinese authorities say 60,000 quake victims have been rescued and that all affected areas have now been reached. The country is sending 30,000 extra troops to Sichuan to help the 50,000 already involved in rescue efforts. Some soldiers parachuted into the remotest areas, and dropped essential supplies from aircraft. Beijing says it will accept foreign aid and has agreed to help from rescue teams from Japan and Taiwan.
Sichuan University student takes video at 2:29pm in dorm.
The 2008 Sichuan earthquake shook Wenchuan County, Sichuan province of the People’s Republic of China at 14:28:04 local time (06:28:04 GMT). It had a magnitude of 7.8 Mw according to the State Seismological Bureau of China and United States Geological Survey. The earthquake was felt as far away as Beijing and Shanghai, where office buildings swayed with the impact and Vietnam capital Hanoi.The closest major city from the earthquake’s epicenter is Chengdu.
The epicenter was at 31.084°N, 103.267°E, in Wenchuan County, Ngawa Prefecture, 90 km northwest of Chengdu, Sichuan, China, with its main tremor so far occurring at 14:28:04 local time (06:28:04 am GMT) on Monday 12 May 2008. Early reports of the earthquake’s Richter scale magnitude ranged from 7.6 to 8.0. Five major aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 4.0 to 6.0 were recorded within two hours of the main tremor.
Office workers in Chengdu reported a “continuous shaking for about two or three minutes”, with many people rushing outside.
I can feel the pain and after watching all the images and pictures and videos of the Shichuan, Cheng
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