What was the cause of the 1960 Chilean tsunami?

What type of fault caused the 1960 Chile earthquake?

The 1960 Chile earthquake was caused by the Nazca plate releasing tension and descending 15 meters underneath the South American Plate. It happened 30.5 km off the Chilean coast.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LARGEST EARTHQUAKE EVER RECOREDED.

Date: May 22nd, 1960
Plates Involved: Nazca Plate & S. American Plate

Why did the Valdivia earthquake cause so much damage?

Severe damage from shaking occurred in the Valdivia-Puerto Montt area. Most of the casualties and much of the damage was because of large tsunamis which caused damage along the coast of Chile from Lebu to Puerto Aisen and in many areas of the Pacific Ocean.

What was the biggest tsunami ever?

Are there tsunamis in Chile?

In a total of 43 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1562 a total of 6,644 people died in Chile. Tsunamis therefore occur comparatively often in this country. The strongest tidal wave registered in Chile so far reached a height of 50 meters.

What is the longest earthquake ever recorded?

A devastating earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra in 1861 was long thought to be a sudden rupture on a previously quiescent fault.

Where is the safest place to be during an earthquake if you are indoors?

If you are INDOORS — STAY THERE! Get under a desk or table and hang on to it (Drop, Cover, and Hold on!) or move into a hallway or against an inside wall. STAY CLEAR of windows, fireplaces, and heavy furniture or appliances. GET OUT of the kitchen, which is a dangerous place (things can fall on you).

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