Earthquake Hits China


Tony Yin writes, On Monday, May 13, 2008, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.

On Monday, May 13, 2008, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck south-western Si Chuan Province. This earthquake is the largest earthquake China has experienced in the last 30 years. The earthquake’s aftershocks can be felt from Beijing, China to Bangkok, Thailand, with some aftershocks as high as 6. Chinese state media said that 10,000 people were thought to be buried in one town alone near the epicenter of the earthquake in Wenchuan County. This is not a surprise because Si Chuan Province is one of the most populous provinces in the country and most of the buildings and schools are not earthquake-prone at all.The Chinese government has already sent out 50,000 soldiers along with supplies to help with the rescue effort. However, the mountainous area is blocked by falling boulders and landslides. Currently, the only way to go in to the most devastated area is by planes. So far, at least 12,000 people are died and even more are buried or missing. The saddest part of the earthquake is the children that died from this. In Wenchuan County, most of the schools are not made of sturdy material. When the earthquake struck, 80% of all the buildings are destroyed so the students are buried. Rescuers are afraid of using high-powered machines because they might break the material and the building will be further damaged, leaving more students dead. More than 150 people are killed from other provinces from the aftershocks.