Evidently, God isn’t too keen on having the Olympics in Peking this summer either.
A 7.8 temblor is a really big one – anything over 7.5 is – and so I’d expect the number of casualties to go much higher. China is not known for robust building codes, if you catch my drift.
It will be interesting to see what, if any, damage there has been to the Olympic Village.
UPDATE: The above article has been updated, and the quake estimate has gone up to a magnitude 7.9 – truly epic – and it was 600 km from the Olympic Village, so no reported damage there… yet. A 7.5 EQ in China once killed and/or injured over a quarter million, so this could get really hideous. Fortunately, China’s government is marginally better at handling this sort of thing than, let’s say, Burma’s.
UPDATE II: Hugh Hewett is on the case, complete with links for disaster relief donations. Here’s the incident map:
As you can see, this happened in a remote central region, and nowhere near Peking.