Q:

When was the first recorded earthquake?

A:

The first recorded earthquake occurred in at Mount Tai, located in eastern China's Shandong province. According to the ancient Chinese chronicle, the "Bamboo Annals,” the earthquake took place during Emperor Fa's 7th year of reign as monarch of the Xia Dynasty.

According to the "Bamboo Annals," people believed that upon Emperor Fa's death, Mount Tai shattered. There are no records regarding the magnitude, casualties or damage to surrounding populated areas, as there was no scientific method for recording or predicting earthquake activity. In 132 AD, Zhang Heng, a Chinese polymath, invented the world's first seismometer, which could detect the direction of an earthquake from over 300 miles away.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    Where was the Incan civilization located?

    A:

    The Inca Empire was located on the western coast of South America. It extended from what is the southern border of Columbia as of 2014 down to the south of Chile, and it covered a territory of nearly 300,000 square miles.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where was the Aztec Empire located?

    A:

    The Aztec Empire was located in what is now called central Mexico and was the last of the great Mesoamerica native civilizations to be overthrown. The Aztec Empire was overthrown in 1521 when Hernan Cortes, the Spanish conquistador, defeated the Aztecs at Tenochtitlan.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who was the first person to discover volcanoes?

    A:

    While it is not possible to know who first discovered volcanoes, the earliest record of a volcanic eruption was written by Roman author Pliny the Younger. He described the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius in such detail that geologists refer to large volcanic eruptions as "Plinian" in his honor.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented the first pendulum?

    A:

    The pendulum was discovered by Italian scientist and scholar Galileo Galilei in 1602. The Pendulum is made from a light rod or string with a weight at one end. Galileo was the first to examine its unique characteristics and found that each pendulum has a constant period.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore