This Day in History

Great Chilean Earthquake: Strongest Ever Recorded (1960)

Measuring 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale, the Great Chilean Earthquake was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded. The tsunami it produced sent waves of up to 82 ft (25 m) racing across the Pacific Ocean to Chile, Argentina, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand, and the Aleutian Islands. It is estimated that between 2,000 and 6,000 people lost their lives in the earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Why do some believe that religion helped keep the disaster’s death toll relatively low? More…

Author: Jason Zajdel

Learning as I go along. It’s an awesome ride. =-)