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1949 Tierra del Fuego earthquake

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Origin time  06:53:30 UTC
Date  17 December 1949
Magnitude  Mw 7.8
1949 Tierra del Fuego earthquake
Similar  1922 Vallenar earthquake, 1985 Algarrobo earthquake, 2007 Tocopilla earthquake, 1868 Arica earthquake, 1647 Santiago earthquake

The 1949 Tierra del Fuego earthquake occurred on the island of Tierra del Fuego on 17 December at 06:53:30. Its epicenter was located in the east of the Chilean Tierra del Fuego Province, close to the Argentine border, at a depth of 30 km (19 mi).

It reached 7.8 on the moment magnitude scale and was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the south of Argentina and one of the most powerful in austral Chile. It was felt with intensities as high as VIII (Severe) on the Mercalli intensity scale, and affected the settlements of Punta Arenas and Río Gallegos.


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