Huge Earthquake Hit China This Afternoon

A major earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale jolted Wenchuan County in southwest China’s Sichuan Province at 2:28pm today.

Five people, including four students in Chongqing and one person in Sichuan, were confirmed dead as of 5:20pm after the earthquake toppled two school buildings and a water tower on separate occasions. At least 110 people were injured.

With a population of 111,800, Wenchuan lies in the southeast part of the Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, 146 kilometers northwest of Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan.

Wenchuan is home to the Wolong Nature Reserve, China’s leading research and breeding base for endangered giant pandas.

Minutes after the Sichuan quake, at 2:35 p.m., an earthquake measuring 3.9 jolted Tongzhou District in east Beijing. That quake’s epicenter was 39.8 north latitude and 116.8 east longitude, according to the SSB.

Buildings were shaking during almost 4 minutes.

Nearly 900 students in southwest China’s Sichuan Province were feared buried when a high school building collapsed.

Not so much precise news at time posting.

The earthquake was so strong that it was felt several thousands kilometers from the epicenter.

Even in Beijing and Shanghai, buildings were evacuated.

Shocks were also felt in Bangkok, Hong Kong and even in Taiwan.

Of course what we felt here in Taiwan was nothing compare to what happened in China.

No doubt that the toll will be high.


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