Earthquake In Chile, May, 1960

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On May 22, 1960, Chile experienced the world's largest earthquake. With a magnitude of 8.3, More than 2,000 people in Chile were killed. What made this natural disaster even deadlier Was that a career in on the coast of Chile, Closing seismic waves and tsunamis To hit To Hawaii, Japan, and a small part of the united west coast. Besides the major death and injury tolls that these countries faced, They all faced serious economic problems Which added up to nearly $680,000,000 Due to the earthquake. The decision auction was heaviest in the cities of Concepcion, Valdivia, and Puerto Montt. Adding to the already severe damage, massive landslides, violence will take your options, and extensive dislocations of the land surfaced also plagued the land of Chile, which was in terrible condition due to the earthquake's actual strike and seismic sea waves. The first shock that Chile felt was on May 21st, at 10:02 a.m.

This shock caused a severe amount of casualties, but not as much as the shock on May 22nd, at 7:11 p.m. All together, the earthquakes that occurred over the two days caused an astonishing $3 Billion in property damage (across all four affected countries) as well as a government estimated 2 million people left homeless.