This is breaking news, so I do not have much info. At least 5 people have been killed in a magnitude 5.7 earthquake in Hubei province. Many buildings
have been toppled, ranging into the thousands and the death toll is expected to rise.
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has hit part of central China, killing at least 11 people, state media reports.
The official Xinhua news agency said the quake hit Jiangxi province at 0849 local time (0049 GMT).
The epicentre is reported to have been in Ruichang city, near the border with Hubei province.
A local official quoted by the AFP news agency said thousands of buildings in the area had been toppled, and hundreds of people injured.
Up to 8,000 rooms were destroyed in Jiujang county in the quake, the official said.
In China earthquake damage is measured not in buildings but in rooms. A rural dwelling typically has between two to three rooms.
The US National Earthquake Information Center registered the quake at a magnitude 5.5.
Shockwaves were reported to have been felt as far as Wuhan, an industrial city on the Yangtze River, 100km (63 miles) away.
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I do not have much to add at the moment apart from my hope that the death toll is not that high, but I fear it may be with reports of thousands of
EDIT: The latest info seems to indicate that as much as 4000 buildings may have been destroyed. The only consolation is that it was rush hour, so we
can hope that many people will have been out and about going to work, rather than at home or in the office.
Latest death tolls have risen to 11 people, but I am sure this will rise. However, it is relatively low when compared to the Earthquake last month in
Pakistan where many thousands died.
[edit on 25/11/05 by stumason]