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Earthquake Measuring 7.8 Richter Scale Hits Southwest China


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.


Author: jleecute

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  2. Cry  for China, and  pray for China!

  3. 当时我们在队上也没什么感觉,但昆明城里有,很大的地震!

  4. thanks for visiting. everyone was shocked by the earthquake.

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted

  6. Glad to meet u here, a nice space~
    Just come around~

  7. Don\’t know why so many things happened in China, it is totaly a disaster.

  8. Bless them

  9. I live in Shijiazhuang. Around 2:00 PM on May.12 we had an earthquake here ,but not big. I did not even sense it because I was sleeping soundly at that time. But My friends called me, he was in his office then, with a little dizzy and things around him shook a little. So we are lucky enough! But what a pity the poor guys who were injoured or even lost their life!

  10. 我也来踩一下。。。。呵呵!昨天上海也地震咯~~

  11. 我也来踩一下。。。。呵呵!昨天上海也地震咯~~

  12. 我也来踩一下。。。。呵呵!昨天上海也地震咯~~

  13. 我也来踩一下。。。。呵呵!昨天上海也地震咯~~

  14. 我也来踩一下。。。。呵呵!昨天上海也地震咯~~

  15. 在市内的同学说地震了,我啥感觉没有……

  16. 太可怕了!

  17. 呃…我在北京西边…没有半点儿感觉呃…

  18. 我也感受到了

  19. Gosh, how come there were so many accidents and disasters lately?!
    I just watched the TV report and it said some people in Shanghai could feel the shakings, but I did not feel a thing!
    I got numb?!…Anyway, hope things are getting better for those people in Sichuan

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