Chile Quake Among Biggest This Century

RESTON, Va., Feb. 27 (UPI) — The U.S. Geological Survey says the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck off coastal Chile is one of the biggest anywhere in more than a century.

USGS data suggests Saturday morning’s Chile earthquake is tied in fifth place with an 8.8 quake that hit Ecuador and Bolivia in 1906, The Wall Street Journal reported. Only four have been bigger since 1900.

The Journal said the largest was a 9.5 magnitude earthquake that also struck Chile in 1960. That quake caused 1,655 fatalities, left 2 million homeless and triggered a tsunami that killed people in Hawaii, Japan and the Philippines.

The USGS said the Chile earthquake occurred at the boundary of the Nazca and South American tectonic plates, the Journal reported.

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