This Day in the Yesteryear: THE GREAT TANGSHAN EARTHQUAKE (1976)

The Great Tangshan Earthquake (1976)

In July 1976, Wang Chengmin of China’s State Seismological Bureau concluded that the Tangshan region would be struck by a significant quake between July 22 and August 5. Based on the prediction, Qinglong County undertook serious emergency preparations, a move that likely limited the number of casualties there when a powerful temblor struck on July 28, destroying hundreds of thousands of buildings and killing as many as 700,000 across Tangshan. What were the political consequences of the quake? More… Discuss

2 responses to “This Day in the Yesteryear: THE GREAT TANGSHAN EARTHQUAKE (1976)

  1. That was really interesting. I just read (again) Imperial Woman and this adds a layer of understanding of Chinese history and culture. Good stuff.

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