Major earthquake hits China

May 12th, 2008 - 2:30 pm ICT by admin  

Xinhua
Beijing, May 12 (Xinhua) A major earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale hit Wenchuan County in China’s southwestern Sichuan province Monday. The earthquake took place at 2.28 p.m. The epicentre was located at 31.0 degrees north latitude and 103.4 degrees east longitude, the bureau said.

Wenchuan is about 100 km to the northwest of Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan.

The quake was also felt in Beijing. Xinhua reporters in Zhengzhou, Chengdu and Chongqing also reported major tremors at around 2.00 p.m. Monday.
Xinhua

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