At 2:28 p.m., 12 May 2008, an earthquake measuring 8 on the Richter scale struck Wenchuan County of Sichuan Province, China. As a result, almost 85,000 people were killed or reported missing, more than 300,000 people were injured, the new disabled were over 7,000 and over 10 million people were affected by the devastating earthquake across provinces.
The provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu are the worst-hit areas, with 51 counties severely affected, including Wenchuan, Qingchuan, Beichuan and Pingwu. Electricity supply and telecommunications were suspended. Over 60% and 80% of houses were destroyed in urban and remote mountainous areas respectively. Roads leading to the affected areas collapsed or were blocked by big rocks. Neighboring provinces such as Chongqing, Ningxia, Yunnan, Qinghai and Hubei also were affected at different degrees.