1556 Shaanxi Earthquake
The world’s deadliest earthquake to have ever occurred in history, the 1556 Shaanxi earthquake, killed nearly 830,000 people in the Chinese province. The catastrophe occurred on 23rd January 1556. The majorly hit areas of the Shaanxi province were the cities of Huayin, Weinan, and Huaxian.
The earthquake further led to landslides that added to the destruction and mass deaths in places as far as 500 miles away from its epicenter.
The death toll figures are believed to be slightly underestimated due to the lack of technology back then. If it were to happen today, it would have claimed many more lives and cost billions to the economy.