The Great Tangshan earthquake

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  1. believed to be the largest earthquake of the 20th century

  2. natural disasters are seen as a precursor of

  3. increasing the number of fatalities

  4. number of deaths initially reported by the Chinese government

  5. recorded as reaching between 7.8 to 8.2 on

The Great Tangshan earthquake was a natural disaster that occurred on July 28, 1976. It is by death toll.

The epicenter of the earthquake was near Tangshan, China, an industrial city with approximately one million inhabitants. The was 655,000. This number has been later calculated to be around 240,000 to 255,000, which may not include fatalities in the densely populated surrounding areas.

The earthquake occurred between a series of political events involving the Communist Party of China. In traditional Chinese thought, dynastic change.

The earthquake hit in the early morning and lasted 16 seconds. It was the Richter magnitude scale. The quake was followed by a 7.1 magnitude aftershock 16 hours later, .


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  1. Have you ever been in a natural disaster? Describe your experience

  2. What other major natural disasters do you know about? Describe what happened

  3. What do you think is the worst of all types of natural disasters? Why?

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