Millions in Mourn
On May 12, 2008, in the Sichuan province, a powerful and deadly earthquake struck China and affected millions of lives. The epicenter was 50 miles northwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan and registered as 8-8.3 in magnitude. The earthquake was felt as far away as Beijing and Shanghai, as well as in nearby countries.

According to recent reports, the quake has caused 70,000 casualties; close to 18,000 people are listed as missing, and 375,000 injured, but these figures may increase as more reports come in. This estimate includes 158 earthquake relief workers who had been killed in landslides as they tried to repair roads.

The earthquake has left at least 5 million people homeless, but reports indicate the number could be as high as 11 million. Total property damages are estimated at over $20 billion USD. Even with the five largest cities in Sichuan suffering only minor damage from the quake, some estimates of the economic loss run higher than $86 billion USD making the earthquake by far the costliest natural disaster in Chinese history. Worldwide, it is third only to that of the Kobe Earthquake and Hurricane Katrina.

China Earthquake Flood