May 12: Earthquake kills thousands in China
Last updated 12-31-08 at 11:38 a.m.
A bank building in Beichuan after the earthquake. A girl was found in the ruins four days after the quake.
As many as 68,000 people were killed and thousands injured when an
estimated 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Sichuan,
Gansu, and Yunnan Provinces in western China. Nearly 900 students were
trapped when Juyuan Middle School in the Sichuan Province collapsed,
The earthquake was China’s worst natural disaster in three decades.