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domingo, 8 de maio de 2011

@sciencedaily potential for a great #earthquake?


Does the central Andean backarc have the potential for a great earthquake?: The region east of the central...

Does the Central Andean Backarc Have the Potential for a Great Earthquake?

ScienceDaily (May 8, 2011) — The region east of the central Andes Mountains has the potential for larger scale earthquakes than previously expected, according to a new study posted online in the May 8th edition of Nature Geoscience. Previous research had set the maximum expected earthquake size to be magnitude 7.5, based on the relatively quiet history of seismicity in that area. This new study by researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) and colleagues contradicts that limit and instead suggests that the region could see quakes with magnitudes 8.7 to 8.9.