Shensi, China Nijah regains

Deadliest natural disaster in recorded history

The shaking from the magnitude 8 earthquake caused huge numbers of these Yaodongs to collapse, trapping the residents inside. Landslides raced down steep loss-covered slopes, and the long shaking caused the yaodongs even in flat areas to collapse.

The high death toll is often attributed to the fragile cave dwellings occupied by many of the region’s inhabitants. These living quarters were located on high cliffs.
830,000 people were killed

the earthquake only lasted seconds, but it leveled the mountains, destroyed path of rivers, caused massive flooding & activated fires that burned for days.

the quake took place during late evening and continued during the following morning. the magnitude of the quake was approximately 8.0 to 8.3.

The earthquake that caused this disaster on the morning of January 23, 1556, leveled a 520-mile-wide area and caused significant damage across 97 counties in the provinces of shaanxi, shanxi, Henan,

Hebei, hubei, shandong, Gansu, Jiangsu, and Anhui. 67% of the population was killed in some counties. | |

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