|Stamp collectors in Tangshan, north China's Hebei Province, came to the philatelic business hall of China Post Tangshan early on July 28 to imprint standard and commemorative postmarks on commemorative envelopes to mark the 40th anniversary of the Great Tangshan Earthquake. [China Post]|
On the 40th anniversary of the Tangshan Earthquake on July 28, many stamp collectors in Tangshan, north China's Hebei Province, came to the philatelic business hall of the China Post Tangshan early on the morning to imprint standard and commemorative postmarks on commemorative envelopes to mark the anniversary of the quake.
They plan to send the envelopes to their friends to express their grief for those who died in the earthquake and the wish that people can cherish today's happy life.
Known as the Great Tangshan Earthquake, the natural disaster on July 28, 1976 is believed to have had the heaviest death toll from an earthquake in the 20th century. The epicenter of the earthquake was near Tangshan, an industrial city with about one million inhabitants. The number of deaths initially reported by the Chinese government was 655,000. Another report indicates that the actual death toll was much higher, and explains that the lower estimates are limited to Tangshan and exclude fatalities in the densely populated surrounding areas.