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How many people died in the 1960 Chile earthquake?

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The 1960 earthquake in Chile caused approximately 1,655 deaths. Tsunamis resulting from the earthquake caused 61 deaths in Hawaii, 138 deaths in Japan and a report of 32 dead or missing in the Philippines.

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The earthquake injured 3,000 people and left 2,000,000 people homeless. The earthquake caused $550 million in damages in Chile, 75 million in damages in Hawaii and 50 million in damages in Japan.

The historic earthquake began off the coast of Southern Chile. With a magnitude of 9.5, it is the largest, recorded earthquake of the 20th century. It occurred on May 22, 1960 at 7:11 p.m.

The earthquake was preceded by four foreshocks on May 21. The biggest foreshock had a magnitude of 7.9 and caused considerable damage to the city of Concepcion. Aftershocks continued for over five months, until Nov. 1, 1960.

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