Chinas death toll from the massive earthquake soars, as relief workers struggle to rescue those buried under the rubble. The 7.9 magnitude quake hit southwest China on monday. As of wednesday, the official death toll is at 15,000, with unofficial reports nearing 20,000. Officials say around 26,000 are still buried under the debris. 3.5 million homes were destroyed by the earthquake. Chinese students and staff at Texas Tech were devastated by the news. Several of their families live near where the earthquake hit and its shaken them up. Now theyre asking what they can do to help.