February 27, 2010 / 11:19 AM / in 9 years

Factbox: Chile has history of big earthquakes

(Reuters) - A magnitude 8.8-earthquake struck south-central Chile on Saturday, triggering a tsunami warning for Chile and Peru. At least 52 people were killed and officials said the death toll would likely rise further.

Chile, like other countries around the Pacific Rim’s “ring of fire” earthquake zone, has a long history of major quakes, including the strongest recorded in recent history.

Here are some of the major quakes in Chilean history:

1730 - 8.7 magnitude at central Valparaiso

1835 - 8.2 magnitude south-central Concepcion, 500 dead

1868 - 9.0 magnitude in Arica, (then Peru), 25,000 dead

1877 - 8.3 magnitude offshore northern Tarapaca, 34 dead

1906 - 8.2 magnitude at central Valparaiso, 3,882 dead

1922 - 8.5 magnitude on Chile-Argentina border

1928 - 7.6 magnitude at Talca, 225 dead

1939 - 7.8 magnitude at Chillan, 28,000 dead

1943 - 8.2 magnitude near Illapel-Salamanca, 25 dead

1960 - 7.9 magnitude at Arauco Peninsula

1960 - 9.5 magnitude at Valdivia, 1,655 dead

1965 - 7.0 magnitude at Taltal, 1 dead

1965 - 7.4 magnitude at La Ligua, 400 dead

1971 - 7.5 magnitude in Valparaiso region, 90 dead

1985 - 7.8 magnitude offshore Valparaiso, 177 dead

1998 - 7.1 magnitude near coast of northern Chile

2002 - 6.6 magnitude at Chile-Argentina border region

2003 - 6.8 magnitude near coast of central Chile

2004 - 6.6 magnitude near Bio-Bio, central Chile

2005 - 7.8 magnitude Tarapaca, northern Chile, 11 dead

2007 - 7.7 magnitude at Antofagasta, north Chile, 2 dead

2007 - 6.7 magnitude at Antofagasta

2008 - 6.3 magnitude at Tarapaca

2009 - 6.5 magnitude offshore Tarapaca

Source: U.S. Geological Survey (Compiled by Doina Chiacu)

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