Monday, July 28, 2008

Worst earthquake of the 20th Century

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1976 Tangshan Earthquake, China: At 3:42 am, an earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 magnitude on the Richter scale flattened Tangshan, China, killing 242,419 and injuring 164,851.

The official death toll figures from the Communist Chinese government, notorious for attempting to conceal disasters, are often disputed; estimates of about one million dead have been made by others. (The US Geological Survey says on its website that 655,000 people may have died.) The government refused foreign aid and was criticized for having ignored scientists' warnings of the need to prepare for an earthquake. The political repercussions of the disaster and its aftermath contributed to the end of the Cultural Revolution in China ...

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you sure its not the earthquake of Southern Chile? it had 9.7 on rictor scale :O

11:07 AM  
Blogger Pip said...

Thanks for your comment. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_earthquakes_in_Chile the highest death toll in Chilean earthquakes was 30,000 (1939), which falls far short of the death toll if nearly a quarter of a million in the Tangshan Earthquake. Chile's 1960 earthquake had a greater magnitude than Tangshan's 7.8, but 6,000 people at most died.

8:05 PM  

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