Five years of earthquakes in Chile

Five years of earthquakes in Chile

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake which struck central Chile on February 27, 2010 was the largest in that country in 50 years.

This animation shows that earthquake and all those recorded there in the following five years, including the 8.2 magnitude earthquake in northern Chile on April 1, 2014.

Tsunami triggered by the M8.8 quake devastated several coastal towns in south-central Chile and damaged the port at Talcahuano. Tsunami warnings were issued in 53 countries, and the wave caused minor damage in the San Diego area of California and in the Tōhoku region of Japan. 

The M8.8 quake also generated a blackout that affected 93% of the Chilean population and which went on for several days in some locations. 

According to official sources, 525 people lost their lives, 25 people went missing and about 9% of the population in the affected regions lost their homes. 

For animation of the tsunami generated by the M8.2 earthquake on April 1, 2014 please see

Videos by: US NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC)


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