Chinese scientists have found evidence of a powerful earthquake that shook central China's Henan Province more than 3,000 years ago, the earliest tremor known in Chinese history. Carbon-14 dating of samples taken from Xuecun village in Henan's Xingyang City indicated the earthquake struck the area sometime between 1500 B.C. and 1260 B.C., long before seismological records became available in 843 B.C. Signs of the quake were first found in 2005 in seriously-damaged ashpits, residences and graves that lay buried under Xuecun Village. But scientists published their findings for the first time, nine years later, at an ongoing exhibition of archeological findings along the ambitious south-to-north water diversion route in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province.
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