Earthquake rumors squashed

April 19, 2010 | Posted by Chris

Rumors have circulated in Beijing through text messages and the internet that a magnitude 6.5-7.2 earthquake would occur in the capital city around 1:30 Thursday afternoon, but they have been disputed by local authorities, the Global Times of China writes. On its official website, the Beijing Earthquake Bureau dismissed suggestions of abnormal geological movement in the local area and implored people to "please ignore the circulating rumor and maintain normal social order." While their origin is unclear, it's reported the rumors have spread quickly as people tried to get the word out to family and friends that live and work here. Last week's 7.1 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai Province, killed 1,900 people and underscores the danger of earthquakes in China. It may be recalled that during May 2008 a magnitude 8.0 quake struck in Wenchuan, Sichuan Province, killing nearly 70,000 and injuring nearly 400,000 -- a national tragedy that is still fresh in people's minds.

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