THE GREAT QUAKE.
FROM RUMBLES TO CRUMBLES.
On May 22, 1960 at 7:11 p.m. a 9.5 magnitude earthquake shook Chile. This earthquake destroyed 1 in every 3 homes. 2 million people were left without a place to stay.
The powerful earthquake soon caused a tsunami. This massive wave caused most of the deaths counted during this time. There is no accurate toll of deaths.
The earthquake hit a whopping 9.5 on the rictor scale. This was caused by the Nazca oceanic plate sinking beneath the North American plate along a 72 foot long fault. Many aftershocks were recorded; 5 of which reached a magnitude of 7.0 or greater.
THE MIGHTY BREAK.
*It was the greatest magnitude earthquake ever recorded.
*The tsunami that occurred after was 80 feet tall.
*Many foreshocks warned people of the great quake the day before with magnitudes of 7.9 or greater.
*It caused over 200 deaths on a SINGLE Japanese island.
*It even caused damage as far away as California.