1556 Shaanxi yirdquauk

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Shaanxi earthquake in 1556
Shaangxi 1556 earthquake map of provinces.PNG
Cairt o Cheenae shawin modren-day Shaanxi province (reid) an the ether provinces affectit bi the yirdquauk (orange).
1556 Shaanxi yirdquauk is locatit in China
1556 Shaanxi yirdquauk
Date 23 Januar 1556 (1556-01-23)[1]
Magnitude 8.0 M
Depth Unknown
Epicentre Shaanxi
Casualties 820,000 – 830,000 (est.)[1] Deadliest yirdquauk o aw time

The 1556 Shaanxi yirdquauk or Jiajing yirdquauk (Cheenese: 嘉靖大地震; pinyin: Jiājìng Dàdìzhèn) wis a catastrophic yirdquauk an is also the deadliest yirdquauk on record, killin approximately 830,000 fowk. It occurred on the mornin o 23 Januar 1556 in Shaanxi, durin the Ming Dynasty. Mair than 97 coonties in the provinces o Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan, Gansu, Hebei, Shandong, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu an Anhui wur affectit.[2] An 840-kilometre-wide (520 mi) area was destroyed,[3] an in some coonties 60% o the population wis killed.[4] Maist o the population in the aurie at the time lived in yaodongs, airtificial caves in loess cliffs, mony o which collapsed wi catastrophic loss o life.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 International Association of Engineering Geology International Congress. Proceedings. [1990] (1990). ISBN 90-6191-664-X.
  2. Science Museums of China Museum of Earthquakes, Ruins of Hua County Earthquake (1556)
  3. "China's History of Massive Earthquakes". 12 May 2008. Archived frae the oreeginal on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  4. Earthquake page of Dr. George P. C.