1960 Valdivia earthquake

The aftermath of the earthquake in Santiago


The 1960 Valdivia earthquake (Spanish: Terremoto de Valdivia) or Great Chilean earthquake (Gran terremoto de Chile) of 22 May is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded. Various studies have placed it at 9.4–9.6 on the moment magnitude scale. It occurred in the afternoon (19:11 GMT, 15:11 local time), and lasted approximately 10 minutes. The resulting tsunami affected southern Chile, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, eastern New Zealand, southeast Australia and the Aleutian Islands. The main tsunami crossed the Pacific Ocean at a speed of several hundred kilometers per hour and devastated Hilo, Hawaii, killing 61 people. Waves as high as 10.7 meters (35 ft) were recorded 10,000 kilometers (6,200 mi) from the epicenter, and as far away as Japan and the Philippines.

Powers and Stats

Tier: High 7-A radiated seismic energy, 6-B total seismic moment energy

Name: 1960 Valdivia Earthquake

Origin: Real Life

Classification: Megathrust Earthquake

Powers and Abilities: The most powerful earthquake ever recorded with a moment magnitude 9.4–9.6, causing devastating tremors, tsunamis, floods, landslides, and even a volcanic eruption, all combined resulting in widespread destruction and thousands of deaths.

Attack Potency: Large Mountain level to Large Mountain level+ radiated seismic energy (approximately 7.94–15.85 exajoules), Country level to Country level+ total seismic moment energy (approximately 155.23–309.74 zettajoules)

Speed: Seismic wave propagation velocity ranges from Transonic to High Hypersonic based on the wave type and medium characteristics; tsunamis were Subsonic

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