1556 Shaanxi earthquake

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Map of China showing the modern-day Shaanxi province (red) and the other provinces affected by the earthquake (orange).

The 1556 Shaanxi earthquake was a very bad earthquake that occurred on the morning of 23 January 1556 in Shaanxi, during the Ming Dynasty. It killed around 830,000 people, making it the worst earthquake of all time.[1] More than 97 counties in the provinces of Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan, Gansu, Hebei, Shandong, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu and Anhui were affected.[2] The earthquake destroyed a 840-kilometre-wide (520 mi) area.[3] In some counties, 60% of the population was killed.[4] It had a magnitude of around 8.0.

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  1. International Association of Engineering Geology International Congress. Proceedings. [1990] (1990). ISBN 90-6191-664-X.
  2. Science Museums of China Museum of Earthquakes, Ruins of Hua County Earthquake (1556)
  3. "China's History of Massive Earthquakes". 12 May 2008. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080514005335/http://deathby1000papercuts.com/2008/05/china-earthquake-chinas-history-of-massive-quakes/.
  4. Earthquake page of Dr. George P. C.

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