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Panoramic view of Valdivia from Pedro de Valdivia Bridge
The City of Rivers
Muy Noble y Muy Leal (Spanish: "Very Noble and Very Loyal")
Location of the Valdivia commune in Los Ríos Region
|Founded as||Santa María la Blanca de Valdivia|
|Founded||9 February 1552|
|• Total||1,015.6 km2 (392.1 sq mi)|
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|• Density||138.400/km2 (358.454/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC−4 (CLT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−3 (CLST)|
|Area code(s)||country 56 + city 63|
|Website||Municipality of Valdivia|
It is located in a beautiful region of Chile which is known for its volcanoes, rivers, lakes, and landscapes.
On May 22, 1960, the most powerful earthquake on Earth occurred. With the magnitude of 9.5, it struck southern Chile. The earthquake stretched from about 311 miles-621 miles along its coast. The earthquake was named after the city that was most affected by the quake, Valdivia.
The Valdivia earthquake left two million people homeless, injured at least 3,000, and killed approximately 1,655. The seismic shaking in the earth caused big landslides across Chile. It also caused more than just an earthquake; the area also caused disastrous tsunamis and landslides.
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