1966 Xingtai earthquake

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Xingtai earthquake
1966 Xingtai Earthquake.svg
Date March 8, 1966 (1966-03-08)
(China time zone)
Magnitude 7.2 (strongest quake)
Epicenter 37°04′N 114°29′E / 37.067°N 114.483°E / 37.067; 114.483Coordinates: 37°04′N 114°29′E / 37.067°N 114.483°E / 37.067; 114.483
Areas affected People's Republic of China
Casualties 8,064 dead, 38,000 injured

The Xingtai earthquake (Chinese: ; pinyin: Xíngtái zhèn) was a sequence of major earthquakes that took place between March 8 and March 29, 1966 in the area administered by the prefecture-level city of Xingtai in southern Hebei province, People's Republic of China.

The first earthquake with magnitude 6.8 on the Richter scale and epicenter in Longyao County occurred in the early morning of March 8, 1966. It was followed by a sequence of five earthquakes above magnitude 6 on the Richter scale that lasted until March 29, 1966. The strongest of these quakes had a magnitude of 7.2 and took place in the southeastern part of Ningjin County on March 22.[1] The earthquake damage included 8,064 dead, 38,000 injured and more than 5 million destroyed houses.[2]