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Earthquake in China Disrupts Chemical Output, Slows Logistics

1:08 PM MDT | May 20, 2008 | Alex Scott and Ian Young

The devastating earthquake that struck Sichuan Province, southwestern China, on May 12 destroyed several chemical plants and disrupted chemical production and transportation throughout the region. The first earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, was followed by a number of heavy aftershocks. The official death toll had risen to almost 20,000 by CW presstime. The overall cost of damage caused by the earthquake is estimated at about $20 billion. Search and rescue: An emergency team looks for survivors in Sichuan Province. Two fertilizer plants at Shifang...

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