Plate Tectonics

1960 Chile Earthquake

The 1960 Chile Earthquake was the most powerful earthquake in the world's history of earthquakes. The 1960 earthquake struck in Southern Chile. The 1960 great earthquake in Chile is sometimes referred to as the 1960 Valdivia earthquake or Great Chilean Earthquake.

When did the Chile earthquake occur?

The most famous Chile earthquake occurred on May 22, 1960.

1960 Chile earthquake magnitude length and damage?

The magnitude of the 1960 Chile earthquake was 9.5 making it the most powerful recorded earthquake in history.

How did the Chile earthquake occur?

The pressure had been slowing building along the boundary zone between South American and Nazca Plates. The surface of the plates began to erupt, creating a main shock so large that the wave travelled more than 3,200 miles to the core of the Earth.

1960 Chile Earthquake

Picture of the aftermath of the 1960 Chile earthquake.