Image: Map locates epicenter of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, which hit western China.
A POWERFUL earthquake in southwest China has killed up to 5000 people and left as many as 10,000 injured, state media says.Hundreds of children also remained trapped in at least eight collapsed schools, reports said.
An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people were killed in Beichuan county of mountainous Sichuan province alone after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the region during the early afternoon today, Xinhua news agency said, citing the local government.
As many as 10,000 in Beichuan county were feared injured and 80 per cent of the buildings there had been destroyed, the report said.
UPDATE: Death toll in China Rises to 7600
CHONGQING (AP) — A massive earthquake struck central China on Monday, killing more than 7,600 people and trapping nearly 900 students under the rubble of their school, state media reported.