Today in Earthquake History
Earthquake History for July 30th
- Three people were killed, 58 injured, 630 left homeless and 115
houses destroyed (VII) in the Antofagasta area. Landslides
blocked several roads in the Antofagasta area. One person was
injured at Mejillones. Several houses were damaged at Calama,
Mejillones, San Pedro de Atacama, Taltal and Tocopilla. Felt
(VI) at Baquedano, Chuquicamata, Copiapo, Diego de Almagro,
Inca de Oro, Iquique, Mejillones, Peine, Sierra Gorda, Taltal,
Tierra Amarilla and Tocopilla; (V) at Chanaral, El Salvador,
Huasco and Vallenar; (IV) at Arica, Caldera and La Serena. Felt
in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Jujuy, La Rioja, Mendoza, Salta and
San Juan Provinces and as far away as Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Also felt in southern Peru and (III) at La Paz, Bolivia.
Tsunami generated with maximum wave heights (peak- to-trough,
in cm) recorded at the following selected tide stations: 55 at
Valparaiso, Chile; 10 on Easter Island; 75 at Hilo, 70 at
Kahului, 15 at Honolulu and 12 at Nawiliwili, Hawaii; 27 at
Crescent City, 25 at Santa Monica, 11 at San Diego and 10 at
Los Angeles, California; 30 at Adak, 21 at Sand Point, 20 on
Shemya, 10 at Kodiak and 9 at Seward, Alaska; 25 at Pago Pago,
American Samoa; 9 at Papeete, Tahiti; 29 at Miyako and 26 at
Significant Earthquakes of the World 1995.
- One of the Largest Earthquakes in the United States.
At Sitka, a few chimneys fell and some
minor landslides were reported. Slight
damage also was sustained at Hoonah,
Juneau, Pelican, and Yakutat. The
Fairweather fault ruptured over a length
of 75 kilometers. Seiches were observed in
swimming pools as far south as Seattle,
- This damaging earthquake rolled
through northeast Iran, killing 176,
injuring 483, and leaving an estimated 10,000 homeless.
About 100 small villages were affected to some degree;
most were located between Mashed, near the Afghanistan
border, and Gorgan, on the Caspian Sea.
Extensively damaged villages included
Qapan, Shahabad, Maraveh Tappeh, Gonbad-e Kavus,
Bojnurd, and Sabzevar.
From Significant Earthquakes of the World 1970,
and Earthquake Information Bulletin, Volume 2, Number 6.
- Over 1800 dead.
One of the world's deadliest earthquakes.
Many houses collapsed in the Hengjiang
and Daguan River Valleys. An iron
chain bridge at Yanjin was turned
upside down and several stone bridges
collapsed. Rockslides blocked the
Daguan River, causing the water to
flow back upstream for several
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