China is located in one of the most
active seismic regions of the world and has been plagued by numerous destructive
earthquakes during its long history.
The most significant of these earthquakes, in terms of lives lost, was that which
occurred in 1556. In the last twenty
years China has experienced the second most destructive earthquake in its
history. The following is a brief account of the 1556 and the
recent 1975 and 1976 earthquakes.