You feel a jolt. Was that…no, it couldn’t be. Wait, it is an earthquake.

Now the whole house is shaking. What do you do?

The answer depends less on the magnitude of the earthquake than you’d think. What matters more is what country you live in and how close you are to water.

Take, for example, the biggest earthquake you’ve never heard of. It happened on February 27, 2010, off the coast of Chile. It was the sixth-largest ever recorded, with a magnitude of 8.8.

It didn’t exactly go unnoticed. It caused three minutes of intense shaking in Chile and Argentina. The tsunami it generated caused damage as far away as Japan.

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