A powerful earthquake hit near Chengdu. At this time, CNN reports that death toll had already jumped past 7,600. It is certainly expected to climb much higher as more reports came in. The quake was felt in most areas in China including Beijing, although there were also reports that there was a separate, much smaller scaled, earthquake in Beijing suburb.
Chengdu is the site of a "strolling protest" just a week ago. Before the earthquake hit, it was reported that four people had been arrested for the protest, under charges of "fabricating and spreading rumors, distortion, incitement to riot and illegal demonstration."
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