It was a 9.5 in Chile, in 1960. Check the link to see the other top 9 in the 20th century.
1960 earthquake in Chile was the largest of the 20th century. It was a magnitude of 9.5.
The largest earthquake in the 20th century occurred on May 22, 1960 in Chile. It registered as a 9.5 magnitude and the rupture zone was estimated to be about 1,000 km long. There were 4 foreshocks of over 7.0 magnitude felt before the quake and 5 aftershocks of 7.0 magnitude or above felt after, which altogether caused much damage. In southern Chile alone about 1,655 people were killed, 3,000 injured, 2,000,000 were left homeless, and damage totaled $550 million. Tsunamis resulting from the quake caused deaths as far away as Hawaii, Japan, and the Philippines, and even the west coast of the United States had a few hundred thousand dollars worth of damage.
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