View Full Version : Death toll in China earthquake up to nearly 9,000

05-12-2008, 11:39 PM
CHONGQING, China (AP) One of the worst earthquakes in decades struck central China on Monday, killing nearly 9,000 people, trapping about 900 students under the rubble of their school and causing a toxic chemical leak, state media reported.
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated a hilly region of small cities and towns. The official Xinhua News Agency said 8,533 people died in Sichuan province and more than 200 others were killed in three other provinces and the mega-city of Chongqing.
Xinhua said 80 percent of the buildings had collapsed in Sichuan province's Beichuan county after the quake, raising fears the overall death toll could increase sharply.
State media said a chemical plant in Shifang city had cratered, burying hundreds of people and spilling more than 80 tons of toxic liquid ammonia from the site.
The earthquake sent thousands of people rushing out of buildings and into the streets hundreds of miles away in Beijing and Shanghai. The temblor was felt as far away as Vietnam and Thailand.


05-13-2008, 09:16 AM
Another tragedy.

05-13-2008, 11:24 AM
Terrible indeed. Some think the casualties may exceed the Tianjin quake of 1976 which took an estimated 240,000 lives.

05-13-2008, 04:06 PM
Praying for those families