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1918 Shantou earthquake

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Origin time  06:07 UTC
Depth  15 km (9.3 mi)
Date  13 February 1918
Magnitude  7.2 Mw
Casualties  1,000 in Shantou
1918 Shantou earthquake
Areas affected  Republic of China, British Hong Kong
Similar  2014 Kangding earthquake, 2008 Damxung earthquake, 2008 Panzhihua earthquake, 1970 Tonghai earthquake, 1950 Assam–Tibet earthquake

The 1918 Shantou earthquake occurred in Shantou, Kwangtung, Republic of China. It also caused some damage in what was then British Hong Kong.



The quake was centred near Shantou, about 300 km northeast of the territory of Hong Kong. The quake caused minor damage and cracks to buildings in the territory.

British Hong Kong

It is also the only earthquake to have caused any damage to Hong Kong. It was estimated to reach intensity VII on the Modified Mercalli Scale. As the Royal Observatory, Hong Kong did not start operating long-period seismographs until 1921 to detect distant earthquakes. According to the Hong Kong Telegraph, the quake threw the whole Central District into a state of panic. The shock lasted about half a minute and was felt all over Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.


1918 Shantou earthquake Wikipedia

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