Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), visits a memorial to leave flowers and pay his respect to all those who died in the devastating earthquake and heroes sacrificed in the earthquake relief work at Tangshan Earthquake Memorial Park in Tangshan, north China's Hebei Province, July 28, 2016. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the catastrophic Tangshan earthquake in north China's Hebei Province. Over 242-thousand people were killed in the disaster.
President Xi Jinping has attended the memorials held for the victims and expressed condolences to their families. The magnitude-7.8 quake struck the industrial city in the early morning of July 28th, 1976, when most of the victims were asleep.
President Xi stressed the importance of the relationship between disaster risk prevention and management and economic development. He also urged the public to learn from experience, be responsible, and improve capacity in disaster management.