A major earthquake that hit China’s Sichuan province has been felt as far away as Thailand. The quake, which measured 7.5, shook tall buildings in Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan and even Bangkok – more than 3,000 kilometres away. The US Geological Society said the underground quake struck some 100 kilometres from the provincial capital, Chengdu, home to around 10 million people.
China’s massive Three Gorges Dam is not thought to have been damaged. Some high-rise buildings in Shanghai were evacuated and in Beijing, too, workers headed for the streets.