Today a magnitude 8 (!) earthquake is reported in Chengdu — the nominal starting point for our summer trip.
An on-line blog reports Sichuan, China
Origin time: 2008/05/12 06:28:02.3 UTC
Epicenter: 103.19°E 31.13°N
Depth: 10 km
Location: manually revised
Other news media now reporting it is magnitude 7.8 with large and growing death toll.