Magnitude: 8.8M
Time: 02-27-2010 T06:34:11
Country: CHILE

CHILE:MAULE,CONCEPCION,TALCAHUANO

This earthquake was recorded at a focal depth of 23km below the ground in Chile on 02-27-2010 T06:34:11, where it released a sizeable amount of seismic energy and reached a magnitude of 8.8 on the richter scale. Considering this quake occurred 23km 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 9. 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 402 souls and destroying 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
total_houses_damaged 500000
region_code 160
eq_mag_mb 7.2
focal_depth 23
total_deaths 558
intensity 9
total_deaths_description 3
year 2010
eq_mag_ms 8.5
total_houses_damaged_description 4
eq_mag_mw 8.8
id 8872
location_name CHILE:MAULE,CONCEPCION,TALCAHUANO
total_damage_description 4
damage_description 4
deaths 402
eq_primary 8.8
time 02-27-2010 T06:34:11
latitude -36.122
houses_damaged 500000
injuries 12000
total_injuries 12000
houses_damaged_description 4
total_damage_millions_dollars 30000.000
total_injuries_description 4
longitude -72.898
country CHILE
deaths_description 3
injuries_description 4
damage_millions_dollars 30000.000

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