0620 (550-750) | 620 Valdivia Paleo-Earthquake


This paleo event was derived from Tsunami deposits and lacustrine turbidites analyzed by Moernaut et al. (2018). An event around 550 - 750 AD with a moment magnitude of at least 8.5.

Events in the same region
Date Title Region Preferred Magnitude Quality*
0620s 620 Valdivia Paleo-Earthquake Chile 8.5 D
0770s 8th Century Valdivia Paleo-Earthquake Chile 9 D
1120s 12th Century Chile Paleo-Earthquake Chile 8.8 D
1320s 14th Century Chile Paleo-Earthquake Chile 8.8 D
1570 Feb 08th, 09:53 1570 Concepcion Earthquake Chile 8 C
1575 Dec 16th, 19:23 1575 Valdivia Earthquake Chile 8.5 C
1647 May 13th, 23:23 1647 Valparaiso Earthquake Chile 8.5 C
1657 Mar 15th 1657 Chile Earthquake Chile 8 C
1730 Jul 08th, 05:23 1730 Valparaiso Earthquake Chile 8.7 C
1751 May 25th, 06:23 1751 Concepcion Earthquake Chile 8.8 C
  • Moernaut et al. (2018) -Moernaut, J., Van Daele, M., Fontijn, K., Heirman, K., Kempf, P., Pino, M., … De Batist, M. (2018). Larger earthquakes recur more periodically: New insights in the megathrust earthquake cycle from lacustrine turbidite records in south-central Chile. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 481, 9–19. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2017.10.016 - Link
Event Characteristics
Preferred Magnitude 8.50 (8.50-9.00)
Epicenter -40.300°N, -73.940°E
Depth unknown
Tsunami no/unknown
Paleo-Event yes
Quality of Evidence D

Magnitude Range
Year Reference Magnitude
2018 Moernaut et al. (2018) 8.5 (8.5-9)

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