The oldest human settlement of America in Salto Chico

The site was discovered in late 1975 when a veterinary student visited the area of Monte Verde, where severe erosion was occurring due to logging. The student was shown a strange “cow bone” collected by nearby peasants who had found it exposed in the eroded Chinchihuapi Creek. The bone later proved to be from a Gomphothere indicating […]


Mano del Desierto in Antofagasta

The large-scale sculpture of a hand located in the Atacama Desert in Chile and was constructed by the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal at an altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level. Its exaggerated size is said to emphasize human vulnerability and helplessness. The work has a base of iron and concrete, and stands 11 metres tall. Funded […]

The Great Chilean earthquake in Valdivia

The 1960 Valdivia earthquake on 22 May 1960 is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded. Various studies have placed it at 9.4–9.6 on the moment magnitude scale. It occurred in the afternoon and lasted approximately 10 minutes. The resulting tsunami affected southern Chile, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, eastern New Zealand, southeast Australia, and the Aleutian Islands. The […]