Earthquake hits Sichuan, China

An earthquake measuring 7.8 on Richter scale struck China’s Sichuan Province on Monday (May 12) at 2.28pm Beijing time.

The death toll is 11921 at the time of writing, and the number is expected to rise as rescue missions are being carried on. The worst hit area is the Beichuan county, about 160 kilometres northeast of the quake epicentre in Wenchuan.

This is the worst earthquake to hit China since the 1976 Tangshan earthquake which claimed around 250,000 lives.

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