Have you ever been in an earthquake?
If you look at Latin-American history, you will find a significant numbers of earthquakes in countries like Chile, Mexico, Colombia and others. One of the most devastating occurred in the south of Chile, in 1960 in the city of Valdivia. This was the largest earthquake ever recorded in the world: measuring 9.5 on the Richter scale and leaving more than 2,000 dead. As a result of the quake, there were several tidal waves or tsunamis that wiped out entire cities along the Chilean coast and fatalities caused thousands of miles away: 138 dead in Japan, 61 in Hawaii and 32 in the Philippines.
Please take a look at the map below where you will see the largest earthquakes in the last years. Also you can see the distance between Chile and Japan, and notice the strength of the 1960 quake in Chile.
4 Geology Books Translated Into Spanish
If you are one of those who marvel at these issues, you’ll find Geology fascinating. And the easiest way to learn a language is precisely through the study of the issues that we are passionate about. Here are several geology books translated into Spanish to help you learn the language:
4. Ciencias de la Tierra: Una Introduccion a la Geologia Física with CD-ROM. This book is the translation of Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology.
One fun fact about the word earthquake in Spanish
Did you know that Terremoto is the name of a typical Chilean drink?
The story goes that the terremoto, a typical Chilean drink, was invented shortly after Chile’s earthquake in 1985, at Bar La piojera. The preparation and distribution were kept secret. Apparently the name terremoto came because despite its sweetness, it can leave you as if you were shaking, so you have to go carefully with this drink.
Another legend about the origin of the earthquake is that it was born in El Hoyo, when a few days after the earthquake of 1985, a group of tourists asked for pipeño wine, a drink that seemed almost undrinkable and asked to sweeten it with pineapple ice cream. Since then that left the drink with the name of earthquake.
A terremoto is prepared with pipeño, a handmade white wine of sweet and Muscatel grapes, pineapple ice cream. You first add the ice cream to the glass and then add the pipeño. Also, you may add a sweet liqueur at the discretion of the preparer: grenadine, Fernet or mint.
If you are interested in this kind of terremoto watch this video:
What would you prefer now? An earthquake or a “Terremoto”?
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