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The Great Chilean Earthquake occurred on this date in 1960. The epicenter was about 350 miles (570 km) south of Santiago. It occurred at a depth of about 21 miles (33 km).


While stronger earthquakes likely occurred prior, this was the most powerful recorded by modern monitoring equipment - a magnitude 9.5 according to the US Geological Survey.

Foreshocks around magnitude 7.0-7.5 drove many out of their homes. This likely saved lives; as people were outside when the more powerful shock caused buildings to collapse.

Most of the deaths occurred from the resulting tsunamis; with waves up to 82 feet (25 m) high in Chile. Waves reached as far as Japan, Hawaii, Australia and the Philippines among others.

61-69, M
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May 22, 2020
ChampagneOnIce · 46-50, F
sciguy18 · 61-69, M
[@327203,ChampagneOnIce] That’s the perfect description. Thanks for the comment.
ChampagneOnIce · 46-50, F
[@361684,sciguy18] I didn’t know what else to say.
Quimliqer · 61-69, M
The incredible power of nature!!
sciguy18 · 61-69, M
[@397227,Quimliqer] Quite awesome at times. Thanks for the comment:
pennynoodles · 51-55, F
That is a big one!
sciguy18 · 61-69, M
[@14495,pennynoodles] 😲
diablesse · 51-55, F
It must have been terrifying.
sciguy18 · 61-69, M
[@1047,diablesse] We’ve had earthquakes here, but I can’t imagine what something that strong would have been like.

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