Thursday, 22 May 2014

Great Chilean Earthquake

Sunday, May 22, 1960. It was Black Sunday in Chile and Pacific territories.

Great Chilean Earthquake was the most powerful earthquake in a human history, rating 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale. An epicenter was near Lumaco in the Araucanía Region.

A Valdivia street after the earthquake

The 1960 Chilean earthquake was actually a series of strong earthquakes that affected Chile between 21 May and 6 June 1960. The first was the Concepción earthquake and the strongest was the Valdivia earthquake.

Its resulting tsunami affected Chile, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, Eastern Australia, New Zealand, and the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.