Tangshan, China Hit by 4.7 Magnitude Earthquake

May 28, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
the earthquake
According to the National Earthquake Network Center, the earthquake happened at 10:22 a.m. (Courtesy of USGS NEIC (WDCS-D))

A 4.7 magnitude earthquake rocked Tangshan at 10:22 a.m. on May 28. The tremor was felt across Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and nearby areas. Shocked Tianjin residents ran outdoors, phoning their relatives reassuring them not to worry. No related disasters have been reported.

According to the National Earthquake Network Center, the earthquake happened at 10:22 a.m. The earthquake’s epicenter was at the juncture of Tangshan City of Hebei Province, Tangshan district and Luanxian. The relatively shallow earthquake measured 8 kilometers.

According to information gathered by the American Geological Research Institute (USGS), the scale of the earthquake was 4.7, and the epicenter of the earthquake was 38.7 kilometers, which was in sharp contrast to information gathered by mainland China. The epicenter of the earthquake was 199 kilometers from Beijing.

The tremor was felt in Tangshan City, Fengnan District, Luanxian County, Tanghai County and Qinhuangdao City. Residents in Beijing and Tianjin all felt the ground shaking, but with greatly reduced intensity, compared to the epicenter. There were no reports of any damage or casualties in Beijing (based on a survey of Sina Weibo), and public transportation is running on time and on schedule.

Bloggers Recall Deadly 1976 Quake

Bloggers posted their reactions. Fruit tree: “When the 4.8-magnitude earthquake happened in Beijing, I was on my bed watching morning TV, but I felt the falter. When I was young I attended Summer Camp for Disaster Prevention, the teacher said those who had experienced earthquake would feel the quake very strong. I was living on the 4th floor. I didn’t think I had experienced one, but I did feel the falter. I felt that I didn’t have to be really scared or something, if it was bound to happen, I wouldn’t be able to escape from it anyway. I didn’t really believe that there could be such a big earthquake around Beijing, and I hope that everyone is safe!”

Recalling the July 28, 1976 Great Tangshan Earthquake which left 242,769 dead, another blogger Yu Fenghui wrote: “Haha, back then, the earthquake measured 8 at Tangshan was not even of great importance to the party leaders, this [earthquake] was nothing in comparison!”

Referred to as the Great Tangshan Earthquake, the 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the region on July 28, 1976. Considered the 20th Century’s deadliest earthquake, China initially reported over 655,000 dead. The figure was later reduced by officials to 242,769. The entire city was razed to the ground. Years later, those who experienced the devastating earthquake said that they could still feel the aftershocks in their hearts.

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