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Powerful Earthquake Hits Sichuan and Shakes Buildings Across Asia

Published by  unclechina at 2008/5/19;

An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit China’s Sichuan province at 2:28 p.m. Monday,local time. Wenchuan, the epicenter of the quake was located 31.0 degrees north latitude and 103.4 degrees east longitude, the The Chinese State Seismological Bureau said. There are 111,800 population lives in Wenchuan, 146km away of it, lies the most populated city, Chengdu, with the population of 10 million.

Wenchuan was next to Tibetan plateau, where mountains rise sharply and the population density is generally thin.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage yet.

The tremor was felt across the entire region, such as Chengdu, Xian, Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Hainan and much more places including Bangkok, the capital of Thai, Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

Many people were evacuated from office buildings in most of cities in China. Mobile phones in Chengdu and Chongqing, Xian could not be reached for a while. I, (who is  reporting this now) felt  my  seat was shaked by someone  and felt dizzy, start looking  at my  glasses and found  the water  in the glass was moving, decided  to walk out of the office, and  found that everyone  were on the way out of the office.

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