1918 Shantou earthquake

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1918 Shantou earthquake
1918 Shantou earthquake is located in Guangdong
1918 Shantou earthquake
Date February 13, 1918 (1918-02-13)
Origin time 06:07 UTC [1]
Magnitude 7.2 Mw [1]
Depth 15 km (9.3 mi) [1]
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Areas affected Republic of China, British Hong Kong
Casualties 1,000 in Shantou [2]

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.[3]

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.[4] According to 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.[5]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Engdahl, E. R.; Vallaseñor, A. (2002). "Global seismicity: 1900-1999". International Handbook of Earthquake & Engineering Seismology (PDF). Part A, Volume 81A (First ed.). Academic Press. p. 674. ISBN 978-0124406520.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. South China Morning Post. "SCMP." Article. Retrieved on 2008-12-16.
  3. The Standard HK. "The Standard.com." Article. Retrieved on 2008-12-16.
  4. HKO. "Hong Kong Observatory." Seismological measurements in HK. Retrieved on 2008-12-16.
  5. Bard, Solomon. [2002] (2002). Voices from the Past: Hong Kong, 1842-1918. HK University press. ISBN 962-209-574-7. pg 36

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