Magnitude: 8.5M
Time: 04-12-1819
Country: CHILE

CHILE:COPIAPO

This earthquake was recorded in Chile on 04-12-1819, where it released a sizeable amount of seismic energy and reached a magnitude of 8.5 on the richter scale. Earthquake intensity was also measured using the Mercalli intensity scale which quantifies the severity of shaking felt by the quake. On a scale of 1 (barely sensed) to 12 (completely devastating), this quake had an intensity of 10. An earthquake of this magnitude would likely be causing destruction to well-built wooden structures; most masonry and frame structures with foundations would be destroyed. Expect rails to be bent, bridges detroyed, and loss of life.
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Surface Geology

Underlying geological composition for the surrounding area.

Chile Cretaceous Antucoya - porphyry copper
Cretaceous calc-alkalic plutons, including batholiths.
Chile-Peru Paleocene-Eocene Toquepala - porphyry copper
Paleocene and Eocene mostly calc-alkaline plutons. Includes the Toquepala volcanics and coeval porphyry plutons (Peru), and rhyolite domes, dacite pyroclastics, and associated calderas (Chile).

Related USGS Publications

70042696 - 2011 - Geological impacts and implications of the 2010 tsunami along the central coast of Chile



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Earthquake Measurement
earthquake scale

Earthquake Stats
region_code 160
intensity 10
total_deaths_description 1
year 1819
id 1638
location_name CHILE:COPIAPO
total_damage_description 3
damage_description 3
eq_primary 8.5
total_houses_destroyed_description 3
time 04-12-1819
latitude -27.000
houses_destroyed_description 3
eq_mag_mfa 8.5
longitude -71.500
country CHILE
deaths_description 1

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