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Tsunami Energy/Propagation Time, May, 22, 1960

This map shows the tsunami generated by the magnitude 9.5 Chile earthquake in 1960 (the strongest earthquake in recorded history). The colors represent the maximum tsunami forecast heights in the deep ocean and the general direction of the tsunami's energy. The gray lines show the lead tsunami wave's expected travel time as it moves across the ocean basin. View the 2010 Chilean earthquake energy map.