Aftershock In China Causes Panic

A government warning of a major aftershock sent thousands of Chinese citizens running out of their homes and into the streets Monday night. Quake-weary residents of Sichuan province carried pillows, blankets and chairs into the streets after the National Seismology Bureau gave a warning on television that there was a risk of an aftershock measuring magnitude 6 to 7, which could cause major damage. The warning came a few hours after China's more than 1 billion people paused for three minutes of mourning for the thousands that died last week in the major earthquake. The Olympic torch relay, a symbol of national pride in the countdown to the Beijing Games, was suspended. China's Cabinet said the confirmed death toll rose to over 34,000 although it is expected to climb even higher. Another 5,260 remained buried in Sichuan and almost 250,000 are injured throughout the country.

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