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Thursday, July 28, 2016, 15:10

Tangshan quake memories live on in photos 40 years later

By Agencies

Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of the Tangshan earthquake, which claimed the lives of more than 240,000 people and injured another 160,000.

In the early hours of July 28, 1976, one of the deadliest earthquakes of the 20th century toppled Tangshan. The earthquake leveled Tangshan in just 23 seconds, with 96 percent of the city's architecture generally destroyed.

Yet Tangshan has been building a miracle on its debris ever since. By the year 2015, the per capita gross national product and fiscal revenue of Tangshan rank first in Hebei.

Tangshan quake memories live on in photos 40 years later
An abandoned railway coach in the area of Tangshan, North China's Hebei province. (Photo/VCG)
Tangshan quake memories live on in photos 40 years later
A crumpled road in Tangshan after the 1976 quake. (Photo/VCG)

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