On September 16th, 2015 a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck just off the coast of Chile. It was more energetic than the Nepal Earthquake earlier this year, but resulted in far less casualties because Chile has more frequent large earthquakes and is better prepared. For the Nepal Earthquake we showed you a map from NASA showing surface deformation resulting from the earthquake.
Now the European Space Agency has released a similar map showing the surface deformation from the Chile Earthquake.
To see it in Google Earth download this KML file
The ‘Earthquakes’ layer in Google Earth does not show the Chilean earthquake yet. However, the USGS provides up to date KML files on this web page
We chose this one, which shows all earthquakes over magnitude 2.5 from the last 30 days.
As you can see below, the main quake (largest circle) was further south than you might have expected it to be based on the deformation pattern. The cluster of aftershocks, however, do seem to centre on the same location as the deformation pattern.