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Last Updated: Monday May 12 2008 15:56 GMT

In pics: Huge quake devastates China

Patients were moved out of a hospital in Fuyang after the quake struck.

Thousands of people have been killed and many more injured as a massive earthquake hit China on Monday.

Rubble

Hundreds of students were in Juyuan Middle School in Dujiangyan city, near where the earthquake struck, when the building collapsed.

Rescuers searching for survivors

It's thought many others may also have been buried in the rubble of collapsed houses, schools and factories in a region called Sichuan in the south west of China.

Workers gather in the streets after being told to leave their buildings

Workers who were told to leave their buildings in time have been trying to get in touch with their friends and family to find out what's going on.

Someone searching the rubble for survivors

Photographers have been able to get pictures of the devastation caused by the quake in cities like Dujiangyan, but it's not clear how bad the damage is in more remote areas.

People on the streets in Beijing

The quake shook buildings as far away as Beijing, Shanghai and the capital of Thailand, called Bangkok.

Some buildings were

This building in Lanzhou started to crack up during the quake, even though it's hundreds of kilometres away from the quake's epicentre.