The Great Chilean Earthquake
The Great Chilean Earthquake, also known as the Valdivia Earthquake, was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in human history. Occurring on May 22, 1960, near the city of Valdivia in southern Chile, it registered a staggering 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale. The earthquake, its aftershocks, and the resulting tsunamis caused widespread devastation and loss of life in Chile and across the Pacific Ocean.
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The Great Chilean Earthquake remains a stark reminder of the destructive power of nature and the importance of ongoing research and preparedness to minimize the impact of future disasters.