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1960 Puerto Montt, Valdivia, Chile Images

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On May 22, 1960, a Mw 9.5 earthquake, the largest earthquake ever instrumentally recorded, occurred in southern Chile. The series of earthquakes that followed ravaged southern Chile and ruptured over a period of days a 1,000 km section of the fault, one of the longest ruptures ever reported. The number of fatalities associated with both the earthquake and tsunami has been estimated to be between 490 and 5,700. Reportedly there were 3,000 injured, and initially there were 717 missing in Chile. The Chilean government estimated 2,000,000 people were left homeless and 58,622 houses were completely destroyed. Damage (including tsunami damage) was more than $500 million U.S. dollars.

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  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Date(s)
  • creation: 2012-02-01
Data Presentation Form: Digital image
Dataset Progress Status On Going
Data Update Frequency: As needed
Purpose: To provide long-term scientific data stewardship for the Nation's geophysical data, ensuring quality, integrity, and accessibility
Use Limitations
  • Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center (2012): Natural Hazard Images Database (Event: 1960 Puerto Montt, Valdivia, Chile). National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5154F01 [access date]
Time Period: Unknown  to  Unknown
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: -39.5
S: -39.5
E: -74.5
W: -74.5
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  • EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > Natural Hazards > Geological Hazards
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  • WDS/MGG, BOULDER > World Data Service for Geophysics, Boulder
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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Metadata Last Modified: 2013-02-25

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