At least 16 people were confirmed dead and more than 10,000 evacuated on Sunday after a huge fire tore through Chile's historic port city of Valparaiso.
The tremor triggered waves of more than six feet.
What matters in the long-run is how truly special a species is in the grand scheme of life on Earth.
Tsunami modeling technology has made huge strides in recent years, and scientists are learning a lot from the Chilean tsunami that rippled through the Pacific Ocean in February.
On Feb. 27, 2010, the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile sent seismic waves circling Earth's surface several times and caused microquakes in California.
The water melted from two Andean icefields over the past 12 years was enough to cover the U.S. in 1.2 inches of water.