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    Massive Chile Earthquake May Not Be the 'Big One'

    By By Brian Clark Howard National Geographic
    April 08, 2014, 5:09:29 AM EDT

    The following is an excerpt from National Geographic:

    A big earthquake of magnitude 8.2 shook the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday night, setting off small landslides and a small tsunami and killing at least five people. But scientists say the quake, while large, was not the "big one" that is predicted for the region.


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    "The big question is, is this a foreshock to an even bigger earthquake to come?" Rick Allmendinger asks. Allmendinger, a geologist who specializes in earthquake analysis at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, is a visiting professor at the Universidad Católica del Norte in Antofagasta, Chile.

    "It probably has not released all of the stored-up energy on the subduction earthquake fault in northern Chile," he says. "For the sake of all of our friends in the region, we're hoping that there isn't a bigger one still to come."

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