Magnitude: 8Mt
Time: 03-03-1985 T22:47:9.5
Country: CHILE

CENTRALCHILE

This tsunami was recorded in Chile on 03-03-1985 T22:47:9.5, where a 3.5 meter tall sea wave released a sizeable amount of seismic energy reaching a magnitude of 8Mt. Tsunamis are often caused by earthquakes, and this tsunami was caused by a quake that struck at a focal depth 33km below the surface. Natural disasters can often be deadly, and this event occurred in a populated area claiming 180 souls. Reports suggest the total cost of damages reached $1500 million as structures were reduced to rubble. The USGS monitors tsunami events around the globe, and has assigned this event an ID of 2158. This region of Chile falls within region code 89.
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Surface Geology

Underlying geological composition for the surrounding area.

Chile Cretaceous Antucoya - porphyry copper
Cretaceous calc-alkalic plutons, including batholiths.

Related USGS Publications

70045121 - 2013 - Seismotectonic framework of the 2010 February 27 Mw 8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake sequence



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Tsunami Measurement
tsunami scale

Tsunami Stats
region_code 89
primary_magnitude 8
focal_depth 33
total_deaths 180
iida 1.6
year 1985
total_houses_destroyed_description 4
location_name CENTRALCHILE
id 2158
event_validity 4
time 03-03-1985 T22:47:9.5
latitude -33.132
maximum_water_height 3.5
total_injuries 2575
cause_code 1
total_damage_description 4
total_damage_millions_dollars 1500
total_injuries_description 4
longitude -71.708
total_deaths_description 3
country CHILE

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