Wednesday, April 14
Posted online about ten minutes ago, report from VOA News:
Western China has been rocked by a powerful earthquake and strong aftershocks, which have claimed more than 400 lives. More than 8,000 people have been injured and many more people may be trapped in damaged buildings. The earthquake struck the western Chinese province of Qinghai early Wednesday, collapsing buildings in villages around the region. The China Earthquake Administration estimates the quake as being a 7.1 magnitude, while the U.S. Geological Survey puts it at 6.9. [More]China's military quickly began rescue operations. See also this backgrounder on the most powerful quakes to strike Qinghai since 2001.