1833 Kunming earthquake

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1833 Kunming earthquake
Local date September 6, 1833 (1833-09-06)
Magnitude8.0 Mw
Epicenter25°24′N 103°00′E / 25.400°N 103.000°E / 25.400; 103.000Coordinates: 25°24′N 103°00′E / 25.400°N 103.000°E / 25.400; 103.000
FaultXiaojiang Fault
Areas affectedKunming, Yunnan, China

The 1833 Kunming earthquake was an 8.0 Mw earthquake that struck the provincial capital Kunming in Yunnan, China on September 6, 1833.[1] The earthquake had its epicenter along the Xiaojiang Fault near the town of Songming, approximately 50 km (31 mi) northeast of Kunming's city centre.[2] The earthquake destroyed many buildings, homes, and temples in Kunming and the nearby countryside. More than 6,000 people died as a result of the earthquake and another 80,000 were displaced.[3] The Qing government at the time provided relief to the region and used the event to strengthen its administration in the province.[4] The 1833 Kunming earthquake was the largest magnitude earthquake in Yunnan's recorded history.[5]


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  5. ^ Liu, Ben-yu; Miao, Sheng; Ye, Liao-yuan; Xiao, Mei-ling (2006). "Damage of Village Buildings in Recent Yunnan Earthquakes". Taipei, Taiwan: 4th International Conference on Earthquake Engineering. CiteSeerX