Valdivia Earthquake



Date: 22nd  May 1960

Time: 15:14

Location: Valdivia-Chile

Magnitude: 9.6

Victims: left 2 million people homeless, injured at least 3,000, and killed 1,655.

Witnesses: Paulina Fernandez

Her description: We were sleeping, and suddenly a strong noise woke us up, like cars being crushed and bombs. It was like a nightmare. I thought it was the end for us. I got dressed and took my son’s hand as we tried to get to the door and go downstairs, but it was impossible. Everything was like in a horror movie.