Researchers at the University of Southampton in Britain say they have found evidence of the largest earthquake in human history that rocked Northern Chile around 1800 BC.
They said the quake was over 9.5 on the Richter scale, resulting in a tsunamis that reached New Zealand, 8,047 km (5,000 miles) away.
Earthquakes are caused by the rupturing of shifting tectonic plates, and the intensity of the earthquake is determined by the length of the rupture.
At one thousand kilometers in length, the researchers stated that the rupture associated with this ancient Chilean earthquake is the longest ever found.
The tsunami caused by the earthquake resulted in story-high boulders being pushed hundreds of meters inland.
They believe it was larger than the massive earthquake that hit Chile on May 22, 1960, that registered 9.5 on the Richter scale, the largest recorded by instruments.
It is estimated the 1960 quake and resulting tsunamis killed between 490 and 5700 people, with a significant majority dying from tsunamis that hit Hawaii, killing 61, and the Philippines, killing 21.
A wave from the 1960 earthquake also reached Japan the next day, destroying 3,000 homes and resulting in several deaths.
The largest earthquake is yet to come
In his vision of the end times, the Apostle John warned that the greatest earthquake in the history of the world is yet to come, and it will be particularly devastating because it will hit a major city:
17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake. 19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of his wrath. (Revelation 16:17-19 ESV)
And if we are reading this passage correctly, John suggests that the earthquake will devastate the city that seems to be the seat of power for Babylon or the antichrist.
In this passage, the Apostle John refers to tsunamis when he mentions that islands would be wiped out (Revelation 16:20). This would indicate that the city is also located near an ocean.
READ: Largest earthquake in HISTORY hit northern Chile 3,800 years ago and caused a huge tsunami that reached New Zealand, more than 5,000 miles away, study reveals AND On This Day: 1960 Chilean Earthquake and Tsunami