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Unimaginable Destruction

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On this day in 1556, an earthquake that lasted mere seconds rocked China’s Shaanxi province, reducing the population of Shaanxi and a neighboring province by 60 percent. 830,000 people are believed to have been injured or killed in this, the largest earthquake in recorded history.

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