A crowd of people, who have sought sanctuary from the 12 May 2008 earthquake at the Mianyang Stadium, focus intently on a TV as it announces the latest news. At the peak close to 30, 000 people gathered here. Most of them had lost their homes and many also lost friends and family members. The magnitude 8 tremor hit Sichuan at 14.30 on 12 May. 69,000 people were declared to have died with a further 18,000 missing.