Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Worst earthquake of the 20th Century 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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