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CLIP 14061

The deadliest earthquake

The deadliest earthquake
Key Info
  • The deadliest earthquake
  • Duration: 03:16
  • A fascinating historical account of the deadliest earthquake ever recorded. A total of 1 million people lost their lives on 23rd January 1556 when an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter Scale struck at the heart of Shaaxi in Central China. Mountains and rivers were physically moved due to the force of the tectonic plates crashing together. Also explores the extraordinary choice of habitat for people living in the area and how that had deadly consequences – and could do so even today.First broadcast on 'Ten things you didn't know about...earthquakes' on BBC4 in January 2008.
  • Subject:



    Natural Hazards: Tectonic Activity

  • Keywords: Tectonic, activity, plates, earthquake, boundary, Richter Scale, Magnitude, deadly, settlement, China, Shaaxi, Iain Stewart, tenthingsyoudidntknowabout
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful for introducing the concept of tectonic plate activity and as a starter for discussion on how human settlement decisions can have disastrous consequences when faced with a natural disaster.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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