Magnitude: 8.0M
Time: 01-23-1556
Country: CHINA

CHINA:SHAANXIPROVINCE

This earthquake was recorded in China on 01-23-1556, where it released a sizeable amount of seismic energy and reached a magnitude of 8.0 on the richter scale. Earthquake intensity was also measured using the Mercalli intensity scale which quantifies the severity of shaking felt by the quake. On a scale of 1 (barely sensed) to 12 (completely devastating), this quake had an intensity of 11. An earthquake of this magnitude would likely be causing destruction to well-built wooden structures; most masonry and frame structures with foundations would be destroyed. Expect rails to be bent, bridges detroyed, and loss of life. Quakes can often be deadly, and this event occurred in a populated area claiming 830000 souls and destroying structures.
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Surface Geology

Underlying geological composition for the surrounding area.

East Qinling - porphyry copper
A linear belt of Jurassic and Cretaceous post subduction intrusive rocks in central China
Coastal Pacific - porphyry copper
An assemblage of Jurassic and Cretaceous postsubduction volcanic and intrusive rocks in eastern China and northern Vietnam
Qinling-Dabie - porphyry copper
Cambro-Ordovician island arc, Devonian continental-margin arc related to northward Paleo-Tethyan ocean subduction under North China, Qaidam, and Tarim Cratons, and Permo-Triassic rocks formed by collision of North China and Tarim cratons with Eurasia



Latest Earthquake Events

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Earthquake Measurement
earthquake scale

Earthquake Stats
region_code 30
total_deaths 830000
intensity 11
total_deaths_description 4
year 1556
eq_mag_ms 8.0
id 732
location_name CHINA:SHAANXIPROVINCE
total_damage_description 4
damage_description 4
deaths 830000
eq_primary 8.0
time 01-23-1556
latitude 34.500
longitude 109.700
country CHINA
deaths_description 4

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