Chile Is Long Overdue For ‘The Big One’

August 13, 2014 8:44 PM

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Chile Is Long Overdue For ‘The Big One’

Chile is no stranger to big earthquakes, but the largest of them all could soon be on its way. Scientists say “the Big One,” an earthquake whose magnitude could top 8.9 on the Richter scale, has been building for some 140 years – and, like a loaded spring, could snap at any moment.

Chile faces a massive earthquake – a “megaquake” – somewhere along a seismically active, 500 kilometer stretch of its coastline, according to two separate studies published recently in the journal Nature. “Significant sections of the northern Chile subduction zone have not ruptured in almost 150 yea...

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