Monday, May 12, 2008

Strong China Quake Rattles East Asia

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BEIJING, China (CNN) -- An earthquake capable of causing major damage shook
central China Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
It registered a magnitude of 7.5, the survey said.
"This is a very dangerous earthquake," said Bruce Presgrave, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake has the potential to cause major damage because of its strength and
proximity to major population centers, he said. The epicenter is about 62 miles
(100 km) from Chengdu, a city of about two million people, in the eastern part
of China's Sichuan province.
In addition, the earthquake was relatively shallow, Presgrave said, and those kinds of quakes tend to do more damage near the epicenter than deeper ones.
The ground shook in Beijing, which is 950 miles (1,528km) from the epicenter. They felt "a very quiet rolling sensation" that lasted for about a minute, according to CNN correspondent John Vause.
"Our building began to sway," he said.
The earthquake was also felt in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, and as far away as Hanoi, Vietnam, and Bangkok, Thailand, according to the Hong Kong-based Mandarin-language channel Phoenix TV.
There were no immediate reports about the extent of damage or casualties
from the earthquake, which happened at 2:28 p.m. local time (2:28 a.m. ET.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was very happy that you wrote about these things before I went to work yesterday . . . especially after I heard that so many people were either hurt or killed. I am so thankful that you guys did not get hurt.
I love you all so much.

Love, mom