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I was right in the middle of the EASTERN SICHUAN earthquake which was felt at around 2.45pm Shanghai, China.

Magnitude 7.5

Date-Time Monday, May 12, 2008 at 06:28:00 UTC
Monday, May 12, 2008 at 02:28:00 PM at epicenter

Location 31.084°N, 103.267°E

Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program



90 km (55 miles) WNW of Chengdu, Sichuan, China
150 km (95 miles) WSW of Mianyang, Sichuan, China
360 km (220 miles) WNW of Chongqing, Chongqing, China
1545 km (960 miles) SW of BEIJING, Beijing, China

Report from CNN - Strong China quake rattles east Asia

BEIJING, China (CNN) -- An earthquake capable of causing major damage shook central China Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It registered a magnitude of 7.5, the survey said.

The quake has the potential to cause major damage because of its strength and proximity to major population centers, he said. The epicenter is about 62 miles (100 km) from Chengdu, a city of about two million people, in the eastern part of China's Sichuan province.

In addition, the earthquake was relatively shallow, Presgrave said, and those kinds of quakes tend to do more damage near the epicenter than deeper ones.

The ground shook in Beijing, which is 950 miles (1,528km) from the epicenter. They felt "a very quiet rolling sensation" that lasted for about a minute, according to CNN correspondent John Vause.

The earthquake was also felt in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, and as far away as Hanoi, Vietnam, and Bangkok, Thailand, according to the Hong Kong-based Mandarin-language channel Phoenix TV.

There were no immediate reports about the extent of damage or casualties from the earthquake, which happened at 2:28 p.m. local time (2:28 a.m. ET.)


  1. Everything ok? What are you doing in Shanghai now?

  2. For Immediate Release

    Emergency Aid offered in Beijing, China Earthquake

    Beijing, China
    Monday, May 12, 2008

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  3. Was there on a business trip. Quite an experience I must say. Never in a thousand years would I have expected it.


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