UPDATED: Strong Earthquake In Western China Kills At Least 400

UPDATED: At least 400 people are dead, thousands injured and others buried under rubble after a series of strong earthquakes in western China.

Mud and wood homes collapsed and people poured into the streets for safety and to look for relatives.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the main quake was a magnitude 6.9 temblor. There were aftershocks of 5.2 and stronger.

The China Earthquake Administration said phone lines were down, hindering rescue efforts, while workers were racing to release water from a reservoir where a crack had formed after the quake.


Chinese state television says the death toll from a strong earthquake in a western province has risen to about 300 with another 8,000 hurt as rescue workers struggle to dig trapped people out.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured a magnitude of 6.9. Three aftershocks measured magnitude 5.2 or more.

Rescue efforts were hindered by telecommunications problems, with phone lines down.

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  • by Madea Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2010 at 04:49 PM
    @ US Citizen for now @ ANON 1 Thessalonians 5 1Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. Matthew 24:42"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Apr 14, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    Don't listen to ANON people. Jesus’ disciples asked him in Matthew chapter 24: “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,a’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains. The generation from since Israel became a nation shall not pass away before the second coming of our blessed savior Jesus Christ. That friends is also prophesied. God told us that one of the things that would make the last generation stand out would be they would increase in knowledge and travel back and forth. You can find this prophecy in Daniel 12:4. Read bible!!
  • by Student on Apr 14, 2010 at 10:40 AM
    You are correct, I was definitely off on my memory. We have had one over 8.0 (avg. 1 it was 8.8), 5 in the 7-7.9 range (avg 17) and 14 in the 6-6.9 range (avg 134). All these since January so we are a little bit over average I assume? I wouldn't say this is the second coming, it just seems like all these are quite close together and causing more damage that normal. all facts via http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2010/
  • by ANON Location: Jacksonville on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:36 AM
    Balance out the lack of activity we werent seeing....same thing with the shifting of the earths axis.....ALL EARTHQUAKES OVER 6 in some way shift the axis( not even noticable) and or (nic less than a millosecond off a day) Chile was not the first!!!...Now I am christian I have read the Bible....But people need to relax....poeple said the same thing when Alaska back in the 40 or 50s had that major quake....when we had a number of volcanic eruptions through the 80'and 90's and when the greatd epression happend, when WW2 happened shoot even when ww1 happened.....The news to an exent has a slant and they get their ratings by the poeple who translate the media into freaking themselves out and now those people are like obsessed...you will drive yourself crazy translating every thing you see and read. STUDENT you need to fix your facts...USGS says yearly average for quakes 6-6.9 (134), quakes 5-5.9 (1300 ),quakes 4-4.9 (13,000),quakes 2-2.9 (1,300,000)so I think we are still pretty good hun.
  • by ANON Location: Jacksonville on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:22 AM
    Okay, here is to ease you all a little bit.....Yes the Bible lists things that will happen.....however the second people especially young people who are just starting to watch the news...find their faith and they start to relate and translate everything they see and read and freak them selves out and say the end is near. Well.....Here is one thing for sure....For millions of years these same natural disasters have been occuring and some years are of course better than others. Forget the 2012 crap.....the director and producers knew some poeple would react this way....bunch of BULL....now as far as the second coming...YOU WILL NEVER KNOW....signs within signs within signs within signs.....It can be another 1000 years YOU WONT KNOW.....these earthquakes seem abnormal because they are back to back....well the USGS website stated that because we went sooo many years without any major occurrances that it was only inevidable that eventually we would see more activity closer together
  • by Sheri Location: Jamesville on Apr 14, 2010 at 07:28 AM
    To Just Wondering and JJ, if you'll read the book of Revelation, this is all prophecy being fulfilled. The Lord is coming back and it won't be long. I pray that everyone will come to know Jesus as their Savior before it's too late.
  • by Student on Apr 14, 2010 at 07:03 AM
    Let me put it this way, I thought we were above normal back when we had 7 or so. USGS says 6-9 yearly (over 6.1) or so is normal I believe and we are at roughly 13 now in only a few months. There is definitely way more than normal at this point. Try not to base anything on a movie but I agree there is an underlying issue here with the plates but not sure if somehow that could end in a flood. No one is talking about it either which makes it even more sketchy. If I am correct I believe the earth's axis was thrown off by one of the large quakes, seems serious to me.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 05:59 AM
    I agree that there are more major earthquakes lately. I can't imagine how the people affected are suffering.
  • by Just Wondering Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2010 at 05:18 AM
    This is so sad, I prayer for the Victims and their families. At the same time I can't help but wonder, are we having more Earth Quakes than usual, or with the Haiti quake getting so much attention for happening in our backyard, that when a Quake does happen, people scramble to get information. It's starting to concern me because I haven't seen any reports saying there have been more of less quakes. And this will sound pretty lame, but in the movie 2012, more and more Earthquakes were happening, right before the plates shifted, basically flooding the planet... Just Wondering
  • by JJ Location: Hyde on Apr 14, 2010 at 03:28 AM
    Is it just me or do you also notice there have been too many earthquakes all over the world this year? I mean, one after the next... something big must be going on in this planet.. very disturbing..

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