Monday, May 12, 2008

Earthquake Causes Devastation in China

A powerful earthquake in Sichuan Province in south west China has caused thousands of fatalities after the tremor, with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter Scale, struck the densely populated area at 14.28 local time (06.28 GMT).

The epicentre of the earthquake was approximately 92km (57 miles) north west from Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan with a population of over 10m inhabitants.

The aftershocks of the massive quake were felt as far away as Beijing, Shanghai, Hanoi and even the Thai capital of Bangkok. Both the US and Japan have pledged emergency aid to the Chinese government.

Map of China showing Chengdu