The largest recorded earthquake was located in
southern Chile on May 22, 1960. A 9.5 magnitude earthquake is a very
violent movement, with more energy released than an atomic bomb. A
person could not stand up and would be tossed around. Amazingly, only
2,000 people were killed and 3,000 injured with 2,000,000 homeless as
most homes collapsed. The influence of this earthquake caused a large
tsunami in Hawaii (61 deaths), Japan (138 deaths) and the Phillippines
(32 deaths). This earthquakes caused elevation changes as far as the
west coast of the United States.
The largest earthquake recorded in the United
States, a 9.2 in March 27, 1964 was centered in Prince William Sound.
The Government Hill Grade School, sitting astride a huge landslide, was
almost a total loss. This great earthquake and tsunami took 125 lives
and caused about $311 million in property loss.
Government Hill Grade School cracked into pieces.