One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded tore apart houses, bridges, and highways in central Chile on 28th February 2010 and sent a tsunami racing halfway around the world. The head of the emergency agency said authorities believed at least 700 people were dead.
The magnitude 8.8 earthquake was felt as far away as Sao Paulo in Brazil, 1,800 miles to the east. The full extent of damage remained unclear as dozens of aftershocks – one nearly as powerful as Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12 quake – shuddered across the Andean nation.
See footage of the 8.8 earthquake which struck Clile and set Tsunami alerts off across New Zealand.