|Date (local)||February 27, 2010, 03:34|
|Epicenter location||100 km NNW of Chillan|
On Saturday, February 27, 2010, at 3:34 AM local time (06:34 UTC), an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.8 occurred 100 km northnorthwest of Chillan, Chile. It was felt in large parts of South America, as far as Sao Paulo, Brazil. A tsunami of 2.34 meters height was recorded in Talcahuano, Chile. In California, which the tsunami reached about 20:00 UTC, it still was up to 66 cm high (in Santa Monica). The wave reached heights of up to 1.98 meters (Marquesas islands) in the Pacific.
At least 507 people were killed. Destruction of highways and buildings was reported from large parts of central Chile, especially in Maule and Bio-Bio.