China: 5,000 feared dead in quake

update today breaking news!!!

BEIJING, China (CNN) – Up to 5,000 people are feared to have been killed by Monday’s powerful earthquake in just one affected region of central China, the Chinese government said. State-run news agency Xinhua said authorities in Sichuan Province believed about 10,000 people were injured, in Beichuan County, in the northeastern part of the province.

The Sichuan provincial disaster relief headquarters said 80 percent of the buildings collapsed in the Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County after the 7.8-magnitude quake, Xinhua reported.

Several hundred students are also feared to be buried in collapsed school buildings, the agency said.

The quake was “felt in most parts of China,” Xinhua reported, with the confirmed casualties in the provinces and municipality of Sichuan, Gansu, Chongqing and Yunnan.

Xinhua said several schools collapsed, at least partially, in the quake. At one, as many as 900 students were feared buried.

“Some buried teenagers were struggling to break loose from underneath the ruins while others were crying out for help,” Xinhua reported.

“Grieved parents watched as five cranes were excavating at the site and an ambulance was waiting.”

One person was killed in Santai County, in the city of Mianyang, when a water tower fell, the news agency reported.

Another person was killed when a water tower fell in the city of Mianyang, the news agency reported.

A provincial government spokesman said they feared more dead and injured in collapsed houses in Dujiangyan City in Wenchuan County, Xinhua reported.

A powerful earthquake has killed between 3,000 and 5,000 people in one county alone in Sichuan province, south-western China, reports say.

Thousands are feared killed and injured across other areas after the quake, which had a magnitude of 7.8, struck at 1428 local time (0628 GMT).

At least 50 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a school where an estimated 900 students were buried.

President Hu Jintao has urged “all-out” efforts to rescue victims.

The epicentre of the earthquake was about 92km (57 miles) from Chengdu, Sichuan’s provincial capital.

Because the earthquake struck in the middle of the day, it is feared that many schoolchildren may be among the victims.

Cries for help

There are harrowing reports from the scene of the school collapse in Dujiangyan city - about 100km (60 miles) from the epicentre.

Teenagers buried beneath the rubble of the three-storey Juyuan Middle School building were struggling to break free, while others were crying out for help, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Parents were watching as cranes excavated the site. Villagers rushed to help with the rescue.

Two girls said they escaped because they had “run faster than others”.

One of the worst-hit areas appeared to be Beichuan county, part of the Mianyang city municipal area.

Some 80% of buildings there were reported to have been destroyed, leaving between 3,000 and 5,000 people dead and up to 10,000 injured.

Fast response

Dozens of aftershocks have been reported since the quake, which was the strongest to hit Sichuan province in more than 30 years, Xinhua reports.

Sad lar, the number of dead increased to 10,000 :shock: :o :frowning:

just recently, while they were busy taking up the olympic torch to the summit of mt. everest, what a sad news that 900 students are said to be trapped under the school building that collaped by 7+ magnitude earthq :frowning: :frowning: :frowning: :frowning: if he is alive today, mAY BE MaO CAN DO SOMETHING BETTER FOr the victims

good day mircicom

Updated. 12K people died (if i can remember correctly) and number is still increasing.

[quote=“baham”]… if he is alive today, mAY BE MaO CAN DO SOMETHING BETTER FOr the victims…
[/quote]

the ubiquitous Chinese wok is a relatively new invention in that it’s only been around for the last 50 years’ ish (+ or - a few).
this came about due to the severe shortages in fuel, primarily timber, which was then used in cooking.
due these severe shortages the ‘modern’ style of rapid flash frying of food evolved & so the wok was born, courtesy of ‘spartan’ times.

Are you suggesting that Mao could again ‘toughen’ up his ppl, to get them through this horrific event?

[quote=“dougie”][quote=“baham”]…

[quote=“dougie”][quote=“baham”]… if he is alive today, mAY BE MaO CAN DO SOMETHING BETTER FOr the victims…
[/quote]

Are you suggesting that Mao could again ‘toughen’ up his ppl, to get them through this horrific event?[/quote]

no fren, he cannot do it anymore at the present time. However, he may be able to prevent the earthquake from happening :lol: :lol: :lol: as what he did to Siang Kaisek and the Kumintang party members preventing them from perpetually ruling the main land and marooned them to taiwain

Kumintang or Mao, ppl all suffered.

have to look at what was raised from these ashes, & that was Deng Xiao Ping,
probably THE greatest leader Globally of the last 50 years?

is i hope the Chinese ppl can recover quickly from this terrible tradgedy.

[quote=“dougie”]Kumintang or Mao, ppl all suffered.

have to look at what was raised from these ashes, & that was Deng Xiao Ping,
probably THE greatest leader Globally of the last 50 years?

is i hope the Chinese ppl can recover quickly from this terrible tradgedy.[/quote]

no Strike or Work stoppage Rule for the workers is essentially a communist policy except for south Korea who were under the 3 Military rulers. China labor policy is condusive and attractive to foreign capitalists and up to now the ruling party is still maintaining such said policy. it was easy then for Deng to venture into an open Market Economy with that kind of labor discipline . So not all are bad in communism :lol: :lol: . look at the Sleeping Giant/Dragon (China). it has now the biggest Airport Terminal in the planet, Which only took them 4 to 5 years to finish which nornally in the Western world 20 years to construct due to public bidding process.

our govt is now ready to send doctors to help the victims
:lol: :lol: :lol:

sad sad sad… the dead amount is keep increase!!!

yeah…disaster is almost everywhere…
haiz…

[quote=“pEi”]yeah…disaster is almost everywhere…
haiz…[/quote]

it may be opportune to suggest ‘disaster is not everywhere’ but more that Mother Nature evolves…
as Ian suggested earlier, humans are maybejust pollutants, & Mother Nature is purely wishing to clear her nasal passages?

post my previous, it gets kinda worse…
:shock:
i’m kinda intrigued though by the Black Hole Theory…ie. d Big Bang, the expanding Universe for d last 13.5Billion Years, which maybe does as d scientists predicts… Collapses AGAIN,
& gives us YET ANOTHER Big Bang Theory (expanding/collapsing/expanding (V.V.V. Big Black Holes)) but hopefully not untill after i’ve finished d next pint…
Evolution & then more Evolution, all over again?!

estimates of the quake toll are now approaching 50,000.
WT’s blog gives access to some harsh pictures of the suffering & of lots of devastation.
also shows the very strong social bond, with everyone trying to help, be it donating blood, or just digging.
requests have gone out for basic tools, shovels, hammers, etc., to be donated & i hope International community can help on this.
China accepting assistance from Japanese rescue teams, who are now flying across.
is encouraging signs.

web-site shows that the area has been hit by 53 earthquakes so far, of which 23 were of a magnatude of 5 or greater…
is quite phenomenal…
http://img116.imageshack.us/img116/979/kunmingxiandg1.gif

tonight’s wild theory… has the Three Gorges Dam lying to the east of Chongqing, the largest ever built, contributed to this seimic activity?

Interesting thought Dougie…I found this article on the National Public Radio site today…

Concerns Rise with Water of Three Gorges Dam
by Anthony Kuhn
(NPR 15/05/08)
About 20 miles upstream from the dam, residents of Miaohe village are being resettled following a major landslide in April. In September, officials warned that the dam is causing more frequent geological disasters.
As his wife cooks sweet potatoes, one farmer recalls the April landslide. He says officials have warned them not to talk to reporters, and he asks that his name not be used.
“A big crack suddenly appeared in our wall, this wide, stretching from the ceiling almost to the floor. We reported it and local officials came over. They moved us to shelter in a tunnel, where we lived for several months,” the farmer says.

[quote=“Psyserver”]Interesting thought Dougie…I found this article on the National Public Radio site today…

Concerns Rise with Water of Three Gorges Dam
by Anthony Kuhn
(NPR 15/05/08)
About 20 miles upstream from the dam, residents of Miaohe village are being resettled following a major landslide in April. In September, officials warned that the dam is causing more frequent geological disasters.
As his wife cooks sweet potatoes, one farmer recalls the April landslide. He says officials have warned them not to talk to reporters, and he asks that his name not be used.
“A big crack suddenly appeared in our wall, this wide, stretching from the ceiling almost to the floor. We reported it and local officials came over. They moved us to shelter in a tunnel, where we lived for several months,” the farmer says.[/quote]

Is this ture? So you means the earthquake is caused by these bloody dams?

taken from web-site…

Earthquake List for 10-degree Map Centered at 30N, 105E
Update time = Fri May 16 03:50:46 UTC 2008

Here is a list of the earthquakes located by the USGS and contributing networks for the 10-degree Map Centered at 30N, 105E. Most recent events are at the top. (Some early events may be obscured by later ones on the map.) Click on the date portion of an earthquake record in the list below for more information.
MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s LAT
deg LON
deg DEPTH
km Region
MAP 5.2 2008/05/16 03:34:27 31.419 104.051 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.9 2008/05/15 22:10:35 31.316 104.064 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.3 2008/05/15 18:05:22 31.938 104.325 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.9 2008/05/15 05:27:48 31.986 104.440 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.1 2008/05/14 21:01:07 31.649 104.113 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.8 2008/05/14 17:33:24 31.268 103.702 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.5 2008/05/14 17:17:22 31.471 103.962 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.2 2008/05/14 13:29:44 32.326 105.179 17.4 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 4.4 2008/05/14 12:27:59 31.765 104.161 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.6 2008/05/14 10:44:37 32.097 104.952 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 4.9 2008/05/14 10:00:30 32.438 105.126 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 5.2 2008/05/14 09:26:44 31.371 104.036 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.1 2008/05/14 05:54:59 32.111 104.001 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 5.4 2008/05/14 02:54:38 31.332 103.495 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.5 2008/05/13 22:03:32 31.310 103.853 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.8 2008/05/13 19:51:52 30.987 103.415 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.8 2008/05/13 16:23:51 31.745 104.421 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.8 2008/05/13 13:31:34 32.329 105.166 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 5.0 2008/05/13 12:51:38 32.213 105.305 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 4.9 2008/05/13 10:16:06 31.744 104.438 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.9 2008/05/13 08:20:51 31.396 103.987 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.0 2008/05/13 07:53:02 32.281 105.054 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 5.0 2008/05/13 07:19:16 32.438 105.326 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 5.8 2008/05/13 07:07:08 30.915 103.199 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.6 2008/05/13 05:36:29 32.606 105.487 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 4.4 2008/05/13 05:25:47 32.600 105.221 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 5.0 2008/05/13 03:00:38 31.222 103.671 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.6 2008/05/13 02:15:16 31.638 104.218 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.4 2008/05/13 00:54:02 32.161 105.062 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 5.3 2008/05/12 23:54:47 31.307 103.576 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.4 2008/05/12 23:46:18 31.289 103.537 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.6 2008/05/12 21:08:15 31.531 103.439 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.8 2008/05/12 20:51:26 32.312 104.958 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 5.3 2008/05/12 20:45:31 31.759 104.420 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.6 2008/05/12 20:08:48 31.420 103.906 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.4 2008/05/12 18:55:21 32.223 104.850 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 5.1 2008/05/12 17:54:32 31.250 103.492 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.8 2008/05/12 17:52:23 31.891 104.449 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.9 2008/05/12 17:03:10 31.133 103.586 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.1 2008/05/12 15:28:53 31.056 103.509 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.1 2008/05/12 15:05:31 31.256 103.704 18.3 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.1 2008/05/12 14:46:07 32.730 105.610 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 5.1 2008/05/12 14:15:26 32.140 104.613 13.8 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 4.8 2008/05/12 13:40:54 31.038 103.518 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.9 2008/05/12 12:15:41 31.898 104.623 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.8 2008/05/12 11:11:02 31.249 103.693 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.1 2008/05/12 10:23:40 30.992 103.413 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.5 2008/05/12 09:42:25 31.519 104.116 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 4.9 2008/05/12 09:23:34 32.142 104.894 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 5.1 2008/05/12 09:07:00 31.255 103.788 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.0 2008/05/12 08:47:25 32.215 105.029 10.0 SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA
MAP 4.9 2008/05/12 08:26:12 31.399 103.957 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.2 2008/05/12 08:21:40 31.542 104.085 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.2 2008/05/12 08:10:59 31.225 103.574 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.4 2008/05/12 07:34:42 31.278 103.799 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 5.7 2008/05/12 06:54:18 31.155 103.826 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 6.0 2008/05/12 06:43:14 31.225 103.761 10.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
MAP 7.9 2008/05/12 06:28:01 31.015 103.365 19.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA

& the Big Question is…
did man cause this? :shock: