A major earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale jolted Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province at 2:28 p.m. Monday. A previous figure of 7.6 was revised by the State Seismological Bureau.
The epicenter of the quake was located 31.0 degrees north latitude and 103.4 degrees east longitude, the bureau said.
With a population of 111800, Wenchuan lies in the southeast part of the Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, 146 km to the northwest of Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan Province.
The ground shook in Beijing, which is 1528 km from the epicenter. An earthquake measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale jolted Tongzhou District, Beijing at 2:35 p.m. Monday. Earthquake was felt in Beijing. And according to the reports, it was also felt in many other provinces of China.
In many cities, people rushed out of homes and offices and took to the streets.
Still no advanced news on deaths and injures. Pray for people who live in the epicenter.
A geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey said, "it was a very dangerous earthquake".
Premier Wen Jiabao has been on his way to the area to direct the rescue work.
Hope everything will be fine soon.