Curious Facts About Chile
Chile is a country with a long list of curious facts that many people don’t know about. From its geography that has many particular characteristics, to milestones that have marked the country’s history, here are some things you probably didn’t know.
- We’re the Longest Country in the World
Chile is considered the longest country in the world and it extends for over 4,329 kilometers from north to south. In addition to that, the narrowest area measures at 90 km in the region of Coquimbo.
- The Strongest Earthquake in History Happened in Chile
In 1960, a 9,5 earthquake (on the Richter magnitude scale) hit the city of Valdivia. The earthquake killed over 2,000 people and it has come to be known as “The Big Earthquake of Chile”.
- Chile is Home to the Oldest Mummies in the World
The “Chinchorro” mummies were discovered in the region of Arica and Parinacora in 1917. Researchers estimate that they were mummified 7,000 years ago.
- Chile has the 8th Wonder of the World
You’ve probably heard about Torres del Paine National Park. In 2013, the “Virtual Tourist” website conducted an online poll where the park was voted as the 8th wonder of the world.
- Chile is a World Leader in Astronomy
The skies of northern Chile are some of the most popular among researchers from all over the world. Thanks to the arid climate of the area, the skies are always clear, which makes them an ideal scenario for observation and for carrying out research. Today, Chile accounts for 40% of astronomic observation worldwide.
- Chile Has the Driest Desert in the World
Have you heard about the Atacama Desert? Located in the Northern part of the country, it is known to be the driest desert in the planet, with approximately 49 thousand square miles.
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