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1861 Mendoza earthquake

The 1861 Mendoza earthquake was a major seismic movement in the province of Mendoza, Argentina. It took place on 20 March 1861, at 11:30 PM. It had a magnitude of 7.2 on the Surface wave magnitude scale and an intensity of IX in the Mercalli scale. Its hypocenter was located at an estimated depth of .

The earthquake devastated the provincial capital, Mendoza, killing 4,300 of its 12,000 residents and injured 750. http://www.inpres.gov.ar/seismology/seismology/historic/hist.panel.htm Most of the buildings were destroyed, including the cabildo (colonial government house). The town was rebuilt in a nearby location, and the authorities moved to their new seat in 1863. The new constructions, which incorporated modern architectural tendencies, were markedly different from the old colonial buildings.

Notable deaths

  • Augusto Bravard

References

es:Terremoto de Mendoza de 1861






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