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Chimbote Peru Earthquake of 1970

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mary dawson lindsay

on 13 March 2014

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The first five days after the disaster, the death toll was up to 30,000 but five days later it rose to 50,000!
The cost in damages was about $530 million
The Chimbote earthquake was one of the top ten most deadly earthquakes.

Image by Tom Mooring
What happened?
Chimbote Peru Earthquake of 1970
Where was It?
On Sunday May 31, 1970, at approximately 15:23:1 in the afternoon in Chimbote Peru an earthquake of a 7.9 on the Richter scale lasted for 45 seconds. Following the earthquake was a avalanche that consisted of rock,ice, and snow and burying the town of Yungay and Ranrahirca.

occurred on May 31, 1970
A 7.9 on the Richter scale
An 8 on the Mercalli intensity scale
A depth of 30 kilometers
The epicenter was in Chimbote near the Anacash area.
100,00 confirmed
75,000 deaths
25,000 missing
200,000 injured
21.7 miles of the coast of Chimbote
90% of the buildings suffered severe damage
How severe was it ?
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