1976 Tangshan Earthquake

Disaster: Earthquake

Year: 1976

Location: Tangshan, China

Casualties: 250,000

The Chinese countryside was bent, dented, and up-heaved in the Great Tangshan earthquake of 1976. Its 7.8 magnitude isn't the largest recorded, but it was enough to take more lives than any other earthquake in the century, with almost a quarter million dead.