|Major earthquakes on Chinese mainland since 1966|
1. Xingtai Earthquake in
In the early morning of March 8, 1966, an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale occurred in the east of
Five earthquakes above magnitude 6 followed. On March 22, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake occurred in
The Xingtai earthquake claimed 8,064 lives, with 38,000 injured and more than 5 million houses destroyed.
2. Daguan Earthquake in
On May 11, 1974, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Daguan, southwest
3. Haicheng Earthquake in
On February 4, 1975, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit Haicheng, a town with about 100,000 inhabitants, in
Based on studies of such precursor events and on observing animals' abnormal behaviors, the local authorities issued an earthquake warning on February 3. Early in the morning of February 4, most inhabitants were evacuated to comparatively safer places. And 1,328 people lost their lives when the earthquake hit the town at 7:
4. Longling Earthquake in
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake and a 7.4-magnitude earthquake occurred in
The two great earthquakes brought disasters to 16 districts and townships. The most devastated area reached about 1,883 square kilometers. The catastrophe killed 98 people, with 451 people severely injured, and more than 420,000 houses collapsed.
The great earthquake obliterated
The ground shook for about 90 seconds, during which about 90 percent of the houses and buildings in
6. Songpan Earthquake in
On August 16, 1976, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake occurred between
Two major aftershocks of magnitude 6.7 and 7.2 occurred successively on August 22 and August 23. A total of 38 people lost their lives during the three earthquakes striking four counties ? Songpan, Pingwu, Maowen and Nanping. And there were 2,800 heads of livestock lost, while more than 5,000 houses collapsed. Thirty bridges and several small hydropower stations were destroyed.
7. Xinjiang Earthquake, 1985
A 7.4-magnitude earthquake occurred in a mountain at the border of Wuqia and Shufu counties in northwest
Two tremors measuring 7.6 and 7.2 on the Richter scale occurred respectively in Lancang and at the border area of Gengma and Cangyuan counties, in the southwestern
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the Sino-Myanmese border area in
Thanks to the quake warning, the town with a population of 600,000 only lost 11 people to the calamity.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Lijiang area in
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Wangqing, northeast
12. Wenchuan Earthquake in
An 8.0-magnitude earthquake hit