1968 Africa Earthquake


The Arica earthquake was a massive 8.5-9 magnitude earthquake that took place on August 13th, 1868. It's over 360-mile rupture lengths has made it one of the greatest to occur in the recent past. It was felt from western Peru all the way to eastern Bolivia, destroying massive amounts of southern Peru that caused an estimated 25,000 deaths. It also caused tsunamis that reached Hawaii, New Zealand, and Japan, causing the destruction of a village, the U.S. Fredonia, the Chañarcillo, and much more. This event imposes a future risk though, as the large 8.2 magnitude 2014 Iquique earthquake hit in the same spot; a larger earthquake is also speculated to hit by 2126.


By: Aiden Soprych