Fourteen people killed, at least 60 injured, 5,000 left
homeless, 4,500 houses destroyed and 5,000 houses damaged in
the Yongdeng area. Felt at Baiyin, Dingxi, Jingtai, Lanzhou,
Tianzhu and Wuwei. Also felt at Xining, Qinghai.
About 20 mobile homes
were damaged and a number of others shaken off their foundations in the Chalfant Valley, California. Several
buildings were damaged (VI) at Bishop, California. Landslides occurred in the area. Fault rupture, maximum of 5 cm.
of right-lateral slip, occurred along faults in the Volcanic Tableland west of Chalfant Valley and the White
Mountains fault zone. The earthquake was felt throughout a large area of California and Nevada from San Francisco
to Reno and south to Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Felt in high-rise buildings as far away as Salt Lake City, Utah.
Depth 8.9 km. from broadband displacement seismograms.
M5.6 - Arizona - Utah Border, 1959
The largest historical earthquake in Arizona.
Minor damage to chimneys and walls was reported
at Fredonia, Arizona, and Kanab, Utah, about 15 kilometers
north of Fredonia. In addition, windows broke in houses and
stores and dishes fell from shelves at Fredonia.
Almost all mechandise was shaken from shelves in
stores. A rockslide at Mather Point in the Grand
Canyon was attributed to the shock.
One of the largest earthquakes in the United States.
This earthquake was the
largest in the conterminous United States since the
San Francisco shock of 1906. It claimed 12 lives and
caused property damage estimated at $60 million.
MM intensity XI was assigned to a small area on the
Southern Pacific Railroad southeast of Bealville.
There, the earthquake cracked reinforced-concrete
tunnels having walls 46 centimeters thick; it shortened the
distance between portals of two tunnels about 2.5 meters
and bent the rails into S-shaped curves. At Owens
Lake (about 160 kilometers from the epicenter), salt beds
shifted, and brine lines were bent into S-shapes.
M - Greece - Crete - Knossos, 365
This earthquake affected the eastern Mediterranean region, including
Italy, Greece, Palestine, and North Africa.
Coastal towns in the region were leveled and
a tsunami destroyed the Egyptian port
of Alexandria, and the lighthouse for which
the city was famous.
Some 50,000 people are thought to have been killed.