Powerful Aftershock Hits China; 1 Dead, Hundreds Hurt

The strongest aftershock yet in Sichuan has killed one person and injured 200 others. From the Washington Post:

The 5.8-magnitude aftershock was centered about 25 miles west of Guangyuan city, 155 miles northeast of the provincial capital of Chengdu, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

“All the buildings shook violently. Drivers lost control of their cars and were driving in a crazy manner,” said An Qiang, manager of a hotel in Guangyuan that was damaged in the initial temblor. “It wasn’t as bad as the main earthquake . . . but still, from the bottom of my heart, I feel a kind of panic.”

The vibrations were felt in Beijing, 800 miles away, where officials warned that 69 dams in the earthquake region were in danger of collapsing due to damage from the quake and aftershocks.

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