Surface effects of the Taltal earthquake were comparatively small, probably because of the deep focus, although the magnitude was 7 ¾. Small fractures broke the ground surface along fault zones in the vicinity of Taltal. Minor slumping occurred on a few steep natural slopes and in some cuts and fills along highways. There was minor damage at a few open pit mines. At Taltal, the town most affected by the earthquake, 250 buildings out of a total of 1,100 were heavily damaged.

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