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1290 Zhili earthquake

Coordinates: 41°30′N 119°18′E / 41.5°N 119.3°E / 41.5; 119.3
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1290 Zhili earthquake
1290 Zhili earthquake is located in China
1290 Zhili earthquake
Local dateSeptember 27, 1290 (1290-09-27)
Magnitude6.8 Ms
Epicenter41°30′N 119°18′E / 41.5°N 119.3°E / 41.5; 119.3[1]
Areas affectedYuan dynasty
Total damageSevere[1]
Max. intensityMMI IX (Violent)[1]

The 1290 Zhili earthquake occurred on 27 September with an epicenter near Ningcheng, Zhongshu Sheng (Zhili), Yuan China. This region is today administered as part of Inner Mongolia, China. The earthquake had an estimated surface wave magnitude of 6.8 and a maximum felt intensity of IX (Violent) on the Mercalli intensity scale. One estimate places the death toll at 7,270, while another has it at 100,000.


The earthquake destroyed 480 storehouses and countless houses in Ningcheng. Changping, Hejian, Renqiu, Xiongxian, Baoding, Yixian and Baixiang County were also affected.[1] It severely damaged the Fengguo Temple in Yixian.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e National Geophysical Data Center (1972). "Significant Earthquake Information". National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): NCEI/WDS Global Significant Earthquake Database. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  2. ^ Steinhardt, N.S. (1997). Liao Architecture. University of Hawaii Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-8248-1843-2.