The 2008 Sichuan earthquake, also known as the First Great Sichuan
earthquake or Wenchuan earthquake, occurred at 14:28:01 China Standard Time on May 12, 2008. Measuring at 8.0 Ms
the earthquake's epicenter was located 80 kilometres (50 mi) west-northwest of Chengdu, the
provincial capital, with a focal depth of 19 km (12 mi). Over 69,000 people lost their lives
in the quake, including 68,636 in Sichuan province. 374,176 were reported injured, with 18,222
listed as missing as of July 2008. It was the deadliest earthquake to hit China since the
1976 Tangshan earthquake.