Tangshan earthquake. Tangshan is a largely industrial city in northeastern Hebei province and suffered an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 (7.5 according to official reports) at 3:42 am on July 28, 1976.
Within 23 seconds, Tangshan, a leading industrial and mining city, was razed to the ground. As a result of the earthquake, most of the town had to be rebuilt. The Great Tangshan earthquake is believed to be the largest earthquake of the 20th century by death toll (250,000 – 650,000). [Wikipedia]
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