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Quake rocks Sichuan, at least 8500 Dead

MORE than 8,533 were feared dead and 10,000 injured by press time yesterday after a powerful earthquake hit Sichuan Province, said the disaster relief headquarters headed by Premier Wen Jiabao.

Most of the casualties were reported in Beichuan County in northern Sichuan.

Nearly 900 students were buried under debris in Dujiangyan City near the epicenter in Wenchuan County as several schools and a water tower collapsed following the tremors.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Wenchuan, about 159 kilometers from the provincial capital of Chengdu, at 2:28 p.m., and sent thousands of people rushing out of buildings and into the streets hundreds of kilometers away in Beijing and Shanghai.


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The reports by the Chinese

The reports by the Chinese state media on the earthquake are 100% inaccurate.

My Chinese brother in law’s family come from Chengdu and spent the night in tents.

The death toll in Wenchuan, the epicentre of the quake are reported to be 50,000 in that city alone!

Supermarket shelves are empty and food and water are very difficult to get.

The army has blocked the roads into Wenchaun in an attempt to stop the media reporting accuratly

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