Scientists find evidence of the largest earthquake in human history

Archaeologists have found evidence of the largest known earthquake in human history – a terrifying 9.5 magnitude mega-earthquake that caused an 8,000 kilometer long tsunami and prompted human populations to abandon nearby coasts for 1,000 years, new study finds.

The earthquake struck about 3,800 years ago in what is now northern Chile when a tectonic plate rupture raised the coastline of the region. The tsunami that followed was so powerful that it created waves reaching 20 meters and reached as far as New Zealand, where it threw rocks the size of cars hundreds of kilometers away. inland, the researchers found.

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