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30,000 people were missing after an earthquake in one of Chinese cities

May 15 2008

Around 30,000 people were missing in the Chinese city Shifa (Sichuan province), after a powerful earthquake on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency on Thursday.

According to local authorities, the number of victims is constantly growing. In particular, many children remain under the rubble of seven schools that collapsed under the pressure of the underground elements. Direct economic losses caused by the earthquake, the city amounted to 5.7 billion dollars, reports Xinhua. The number of earthquake victims in southwest China has reached 14 000 866. Earthquake, magnitude of which, according to various sources, ranged from 7.6 to 7.9, occurred on Monday in Sichuan province. The epicenter was 90 kilometers from the provincial capital - the city of Chengdu. At the epicenter of the quake destroyed 88% of the buildings.

Official Beijing has not reported whether the victims of foreign nationals. In the area of disaster rescue operations are conducted under the leadership of Premier Wen Jiabao. Thousands of people are still under the rubble. Earthquake-hit Sichuan not only, but the province of Gansu, Shaanxi and Chongqing city under central authority. National seysmotsentr warned on Tuesday about the possibility of new earthquakes, reports RIA Novosti .

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