Almost 70,000 people died in Central Chinese province of Sichuan after it was shaken by a 8.5 Magnitude earthquake on May 12, 2008. The epicentre of the earthquake was located in Wenchuan County, mere 80 km from Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province. Of 69,197 confirmed deaths, 68,636 were in Sichuan province, the rest were in neighboring provinces. The earthquake was so strong it could be felt throughout the country as far as Beijing and Shanghai which is 1,700 km away. Some of the neighboring countries also felt tremors.
The 2008 Sichuan Earthquake is considered to be the 21st deadliest earthquake of all time. Below is the gallery of photos of victims of this devastating natural disaster.