Katie Orlinsky

El Terremoto: The Earthquake in Chile

An 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Chile at 3:34 a.m. on February 27, 2010. Only a little over a month after the earthquake in Haiti, the disaster in Chile did not receive the international attention warranted for one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history.

Due to both the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami, the destruction in Chile was unparalleled, wiping entire coastal towns off the map and leaving an estimated 2 million homeless. Mass hysteria spread in affected cities, and for the first time since the dictatorship of Pinochet the Chilean military was ordered into the streets to institute a curfew.