Tangshan,China Earthquake by jaysun collins

This earthquake occurred in the northeastern part of China, near the coast. The epicenter was centered about 140 kilometers southeast of Beijing, in the vicinity of Tangshan. The first earthquake, magnitude 7.5, was followed by a major aftershock 15 hours later. According to official sources, the two earthquakes killed 242,769 people, although some estimates of the death toll are as high as 655,000. Over 799,000 people were injured. Aftershocks in the 5.0-5.5 range continued after the main shock. Damage extended as far as Beijing.
The 1976 Tangshan earthquake caused liquefaction and bending of the rails on the Beijing-Shanhaiguan railway that passes through Tangshan. Photograph by China Features Agency, Beijing
State Seismological Bureau of China Beijing, People's Republic of China The Yan Shan fold-fault zone runs in an east-west direction and lies north of the Tangshan region; to the south, there are several sub-parallel northeast-trending fault zones; the Shanxi fault depression structural belt, the Taihang piedmont fault zone, the Cangdong fault zone, and the Tangcheng-Lijiang fault zone. The Tangshan region is at the junction of the Yan Shan fold-fault zone and the Cangdong fault zone.
At 3:42 a.m. on July 28, 1976, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the sleeping city of Tangshan, in northeastern China. The very large earthquake, striking an area where it was totally unexpected, obliterated the city of Tangshan and killed over 240,000 people - making it the deadliest earthquake of the twentieth century.
Air view in 1976 of the devastation in Tangshan after the earthquake. A few tents and temporary shelters can be seen among the debris. 6 years later after the earthquake, Tangshan has been reestablished as a major productive city, and the original population of 1 million has swelled by 20 percent. The survivors of Tangshan were joined by hundreds of thousands from other provinces, all dedicated to rebuilding the city. Hundreds of apartments have been built, and factories ranging from steel rolling mills to ceramic plants producing beautiful china are again in operation. New roads have been completed or are under construction, and the coal mines, one of the basic industries of the Tangshan area, are once more in full production
A Tangshan earthquake memorial wall in Tianjin

sites for all my information https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/world/events/1976_07_27_eib_1983.php




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