Enrique Molina Theater in Concepción, Chile

Ruined by the foreshocks of the most powerful earthquake ever recorded, this once-grand neoclassical theater serves as a permanent reminder of the seismic threats constantly haunting Chile.

After just 25 years as a performance venue, the Enrique Molina Theatre was destroyed by a series of four devastating earthquakes in May 1960, which unleashed a quarter of the 20th century's total global seismic energy on Southern Chile in just 33 hours.

The three Concepción quakes—which measured up...

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