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Following a massive earthquake measuring 7.9 of the Richter scale, a collective shock and grief has gripped China. The epicentre of the quake was Wenchuan County in the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture; the majority of people here are ethnic Tibetans. A new mood of mutual solidarity has been born throughout the nation, strengthened by the fact that the quake was felt as far away as Beijing. Present figures are; over 20,000 dead, 25,000 buried under rubble, 14,000 missing, and 64,000 injured. The death toll looks set to rise to over 50,000.