My heart goes out to the Chinese families suffering from the recent earthquake. It's a great human tragedy. Prior to looking it up last night, all what I knew about the area had to do with spicy food that comes from there. Sichuan had a population of 42 million in 2000. Chengdu is the largest city with over 10 million people. According to Wikipedia, they make everything from shoes to aircraft parts there... and.... "Chengdu has long been established as a national base for electronic and IT industry. Several key national electronic R&D institutes are located in Chengdu. Chengdu's Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone has attracted a variety of multinationals, including Intel, IBM, NOKIA, Alcatel, Motorola, SAP, and Microsoft, as well as domestic powerhouses such as Lenovo. Intel's Chengdu factory is its second one after its Shanghai factory in China and the first such large-scale foreign investment in electronic industry in interior mainland China." According to NPR, 80% of the buildings in Chengdu were leveled in the quake. I'm wondering how the quake will effect the supply chain of any companies we do business with who might manufacture there.