Monday, May 12, 2008

Adding another big one to the prayer list

A massive earthquake struck central China on Monday, killing more than 8,500 people, trapping nearly 900 students under the rubble of their school and spilling ammonia from a chemical plant, state media reported.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake was among the worst to strike China in decades, devastating a hilly region of small cities and towns in Sichuan and nearby provinces. The official Xinhua News Agency said 8,533 people died in Sichuan and dozens of other deaths were reported elsewhere.
--Associated Press

h/t to John Amato at Crooks and Liars, though the first post I saw was this morning on Daily Kos
--the BB

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