The worlds most destructive earthquake – Chile 1960

22 May 1960 – Chile
22 May 1960 – Chile

22 May 1960 – Chile

Magnitude 9.5

The world’s most powerful earthquake left 4,485 people dead and injured and 2 million homeless after it struck southern Chile in 1960. The port of Puerto Saavedra was destroyed in the ensuing tsunami, which caused $550m worth of damage in Chile and killed a further 170 people as five-metre waves hit the coasts of Japan and the Philippines. A day later Volcán Puyehue in Chile’s lake district spewed ash 6,000m into the air in an eruption that lasted for several weeks.

Chile 1960


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