Magnitude: 9.5M
Time: 05-22-1960 T19:11:17
Country: CHILE

CHILE:PUERTOMONTT,VALDIVIA

This earthquake was recorded at a focal depth of 33km below the ground in Chile on 05-22-1960 T19:11:17, where it released a sizeable amount of seismic energy and reached a magnitude of 9.5 on the richter scale. Considering this quake occurred 33km under the surface, it is best classified as a deep geologic event. 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 12. 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. Quakes can often be deadly, and this event occurred in a populated area claiming 2000 souls and destroying 58622 structures.
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Surface Geology

Underlying geological composition for the surrounding area.

Chile-Argentina Miocene coastal - porphyry copper
Miocene mainly calc-alkalic granodiorite, diorite, and tonalite plutons, including batholiths. Plutons and batholiths apparently are consanguineous with the plutons in tracts SA13aPC, SA13bPC, and SA13cPC.

Related USGS Publications

70133960 - 2014 - Investigation of the high-frequency attenuation parameter, κ (kappa), from aftershocks of the 2010 Mw 8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake
70045121 - 2013 - Seismotectonic framework of the 2010 February 27 Mw 8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake sequence



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Earthquake Measurement
earthquake scale

Earthquake Stats
region_code 160
total_houses_destroyed 58622
focal_depth 33
total_deaths 2226
intensity 12
total_deaths_description 4
year 1960
eq_mag_ms 8.5
eq_mag_mw 9.5
id 4227
location_name CHILE:PUERTOMONTT,VALDIVIA
total_damage_description 4
damage_description 4
deaths 2000
eq_primary 9.5
total_houses_destroyed_description 4
time 05-22-1960 T19:11:17
latitude -38.143
injuries 3000
houses_destroyed 58622
total_injuries 3000
houses_destroyed_description 4
total_damage_millions_dollars 1000.000
total_injuries_description 4
longitude -73.407
country CHILE
deaths_description 4
injuries_description 4
damage_millions_dollars 1000.000

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