Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards

2013 Edition
| Editors: Peter T. Bobrowsky

Tangshan, China (1976 Earthquake)

  • Zhengwen Zeng
  • Chenghu Wang
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4399-4_47


Seismic characteristics

The 1976 Tangshan Earthquake occurred at 03:42:56 a.m. on July 28, 1976 (local time). The epicenter was on Jixiang Road, Lunan District, Tangshan City, Hebei Province, China (Figure  1); geographic coordinates is 39.63°N 118.18°E. The focal depth was about 11 km. The sequence of the 1976 Tangshan Earthquake included five major events: two of magnitude >Ms 7, and three between Ms 6 and Ms 7. The Main seismic parameters of Tangshan Earthquake are as shown in Table  1, and the statistics of the earthquake sequence is in Table  2.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geology and Geological EngineeringUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Crustal DynamicsChina Earthquake AdministrationBeijingChina