1933 Diexi earthquake

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1933 Diexi earthquake
1933 Diexi earthquake is located in China
1933 Diexi earthquake
UTC time1933-08-25 07:50:32
ISC event905779
Local dateAugust 25, 1933 (1933-08-25)
Local time15:50:32
Magnitude7.3 Mw [1]
Depth15 km (9 mi) [1]
Epicenter32°01′N 103°41′E / 32.01°N 103.68°E / 32.01; 103.68Coordinates: 32°01′N 103°41′E / 32.01°N 103.68°E / 32.01; 103.68 [1]
(Diexi, Mao County, Szechwan)
Areas affectedRepublic of China
Total damageExtreme [2]
Max. intensityX (Extreme) [2]
Casualties6,865–9,300 dead [3]
1,925 injured [3]

The 1933 Diexi earthquake occurred in Diexi, Mao County, Szechwan, Republic of China on August 25 with a moment magnitude of 7.3 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). With up to 9,300 killed, this was the deadliest earthquake of 1933.

This earthquake destroyed the town of Diexi and surrounding villages, and caused many landslides, and killed about 9,000 people.[4] The old town of Diexi sank into the landslide dam-created Diexi Lake.

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  1. ^ a b c ISC (2016), ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue (1900–2012), Version 3.0, International Seismological Centre
  2. ^ a b National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS), Significant Earthquake Database, National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K
  3. ^ a b USGS (September 4, 2009), PAGER-CAT Earthquake Catalog, Version 2008_06.1, United States Geological Survey
  4. ^ Highfield, Roger (12 May 2008), "Chinese earthquake linked to mountain building", The Daily Telegraph

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