Update: Toll reaches 10,000 people - An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale struckcentral Sichuan Province in China today, causing thousandsof deaths and vast property damage. The conventional wisdom among experts is that earthquakesare not interconnected around the world, however greatquakes often seem to come in clusters, and some scientists are beginning to suspect that there may be interconnections deep within the planet.
BBC news reports that most of the 121,000 population Wenchan County remains cut off. 900 schoolchildren were believed to have been buried alive when a school building collapsed in the area, 55 miles from the provincial capital of Chengdu. China's president, Hu Jintau, called for immediate and massive assistance, and 5,000 troops were being rushed to the stricken area to provide manpower and supplies to the victims. There were reports of many dead in the collapse of a chemical plant as well.
The quake was felt in Beijing, where construction cranesswayed and workers were evacuated. In Bangkok, a sharp shock was experienced. No damage was reported in either city, and the Three Gorges dam project was unaffected.
We will see, over the next few weeks, if there are additional substantial earthquakes elsewhere in the world. You can count on unknowncountry.com to bring you a slant on the news that you just won't find anywhere else! Please support the hard work we do: subscribe today.And come MEET your favorite Dreamland hosts at our upcoming conference!
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