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March 8 and March 22, 1966: Xingtai in Hebei province hit by two quakes, the first with a 6.8 magnitude and the second with a 7.2 magnitude

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March 8 and March 22, 1966: Xingtai in Hebei province hit by two quakes, the first with a 6.8 magnitude and the second with a 7.2 magnitude

On March 8, 1966, the prefecture-level city of Xingtai in Heibei province was hit by the earthquake with a magnitude 6.8 on the Richter scale. Then on March 22 that year, the city was once again hit by a stronger quake with a magnitude of 7.2.

The earthquake damage included 8,064 dead, 38,000 injured and more than 5 million destroyed houses.