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Tangshan (täng-shän) [key], city (1994 est. pop. 1,110,200), NE Hebei prov., China. A coal-mining center in the Kailan basin, Tangshan is also a major industrial hub with iron- and steelworks. It was completely destroyed by a massive earthquake on July 28, 1976. The government estimated that over 250,000 people were killed. It has since been completely rebuilt. Its manufactures include machinery, motor vehicles, chemicals, textiles, glass, petroleum products, and cement.

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