As TIME reported from Japan one month on from the disaster: …the country’s struggle between its technological heart and natural soul continues. Seismic shifts were also taking place within the ruling Communist Party of China at the time disaster struck; just months prior, the death of Premier Zhou Enlai precipitated a leadership scramble as party Chairman Mao Zedong’s health deteriorated and his Cultural Revolution was in its last act. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border. With cities, dams and other infrastructure built atop some of the world’s most active faults, six of the ten deadliest quakes in recorded history happened in Asia, as did many of the most costly. A major earthquake hit Bihar, in the northern parts of India and Nepal, on 15 January 1934. Nepal was struck by a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, one of the worst to have hit the country since 1934. Elsewhere, sand and water rose up from fissures in the ground, softening a 186-mile stretch of land to a soup now known as the “slump belt.” Some accounts describe buildings sinking down into the mud and floating away from their foundations. The towns of Munger and Muzaffarpur were completely destroyed. At 3:43 a.m. on July 28, 1976, the industrial city in northeastern China’s Hebei Province was struck by a 7.6-magnitude quake that wiped out more than a third of its entire population. Another devastating temblor struck the neighboring province of Ningxia in 1920, however, killing more than 200,000 people and making it among China’s deadliest disasters. The earthquake resulted in large scale destruction in the towns of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan in Nepal. Most of the deaths were in northern India’s Bihar, where 7,253 people reportedly died. Mahatma Gandhi visited affected areas shortly after. Munger, Kathmandu and Muzaffarpur were completely destroyed. Here click on the “Settings” tab of the Notification option. Please take a moment to review my edit. Regards! The district of Bhuj was hardest hit, some 12 miles away from the epicenter. Click on the “Options ”, it opens up the settings page. And I reckon India-Nepal, Nepal-Bihar or Bihar-Nepal could be valid options too. In the year 1934 the Earthquake known as the Bihar-Nepal earthquake was considered to be the worst the region had experienced. Mao died about six weeks after the earthquake, and his successor Hua Guofeng preemptively seized on the issue to consolidate support, reportedly making a personal visit in early August. 1934 Bihar earthquake → 1934 Nepal–India earthquake – The earthquake originated in Nepal and historically is of no lesser significance to Nepal than it is to India.