From the Shambhala SunSpace website:
Breaking, heartbreaking news this morning: a series of earthquakes — including one of a 6.9 magnitude — have struck in China. The quakes were centered in Yushu county, in the southern part of Qinghai — a mountainous region near Tibet. 400 people have been reported killed, with 10,000 estimated injured.
UPDATE: We now have word via a Shambhala sangha member who passes on a message from Shirley Blair, the director of Thrangu Rinpoche’s school for Himalayan children in Kathmandu. Blair’s message contends that Thrangu Rinpoche’s monastery was hit by the quake, resulting in at least 10 deaths.
The Shambhala site has more information and some helpful links. Please keep all the people affected by this earthquake in your hearts and prayers.