Science Of The Nazca – South American Plate Boundary

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The Chile Earthquake of 2010 is one geological event that was associated with the Nazca/South American Plate Boundary. The magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck at 3:34 A.M. on February 27, 2010, with an epicenter 200 miles southwest of Santiago, and a focus 22 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. A 300 to 375 mile stretch of the fault had ruptured, and caused the earthquake. This fracture was caused by the stress brought on by the convergence between the Nazca and the South American Plates, and the fracture had a secondary effect of lifting a portion of seabed in the Pacific Ocean, causing a tsunami. All these events together resulted in about 500 deaths and nearly 400,000 homes destroyed.

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