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Monday, 12 May 2008

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Missing - four eggs

An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale has devastated an area of China and 'totally' demolished the stadium specially built to stage the Olympic Games which start in Beijing in August.

The quake, which started at around 1428 local time (0628 GMT) was the largest in China this week, and, with just 88 days to go to the opening ceremony, is certain to sow the seeds of doubt in the minds of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The stadium, nicknamed the Bird's Nest, fell apart just like a real bird's nest during the quake, and eyewitnesses said later that the areas around it were a mass of twigs, leaves, feathers and other rubble.

Four eggs are missing.

The Bird's Nest was built at a cost of 3.5 billion yuan, which is about £15.99. Authorities inside China say early indications suggest the earthquake was caused by Tibetan pro-Democracy activists seeking to destroy Chinese stability in the run-up to the Olympics.

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