Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of the catastrophic Tangshan earthquake in north China. The earthquake was one of the deadliest of the 20th Century. It destroyed the industrial city in China’s Hebei Province, some 150 kilometers east of Beijing. The magnitude-7.8 quake, which the US measured as magnitude-8.2, shook Tangshan at 3:42 am on July 28, 1976. Most houses and buildings collapsed, burying more than 800,000 people. The final death toll was over 242,000 and 160,000 people were seriously injured.
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