• Chile experienced a huge 8.8 magnitude earthquake in February 2010.
  • The earthquake was due to subduction of the Nazca plate beneath South America.
  • This subduction zone is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.
  • In a single year, on average, more than 900,000 earthquakes are recorded.
  • About 150,000 of them are strong enough to be felt.
  • Each year about 18 earthquakes are major, with a Richter magnitude of 7.0 to 7.9, and on average one earthquake has a magnitude of 8 to 8.9.
  • The vast majority of earthquakes happen at plate boundaries.
Select from the frequently asked questions below