Reuters.com published this deansguide article May 12, 2008
A monster 7.8 earthquake rocked central China killing an estimated 9,000 people, leaving 900 students trapped inside a school, and wreaking havoc. The quake centered in the hilly Sichuan region of China, was felt as far away as Thailand . In Beijing, according to Associated Press writer Christopher Bodeen, “80 percent of the buildings had collapsed in ‘s Beichuan county after the quake.”
In addition, reports from state media out of China, report that a chemical plant in Shifang city had “cratered, burying hundreds of people and spilling more than 80 tons of toxic liquid ammonia from the site.”
Further reports are forth coming with the news a grim reminder of the realities faced in earthquake countries every day.