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8.8-magnitude Quake in Chile

Strong Aftershocks Rattle Chile Following Big Quake
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Strong Aftershocks Rattle Chile Following Big Quake

This map of topography and water depth along the Chilean coast includes black circles that indicate aftershocks with a magnitude of 5.0 or larger that occurred between March 5 and 12, 2010, following the large earthquake on February 27.

Land Earthquakes

Smoke Plumes over Concepcion, Chile, Following Large Earthquake
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Smoke Plumes over Concepcion, Chile, Following Large Earthquake

Smoke plumes and apparent damage to a bridge are visible in this astronaut photograph of Concepción, Chile, following the magnitude 8.8 earthquake on February 27, 2010.

Image of the Day Land Human Presence Earthquakes

8.8 Magnitude Quake near Concepcion, Chile
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8.8 Magnitude Quake near Concepcion, Chile

This map of topography and water depth reveals subduction’s influence on the West Coast of South America near the epicenter of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27, 2010.

Image of the Day Land Earthquakes

Haze Over Santiago Following 8.8 Earthquake
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Haze Over Santiago Following 8.8 Earthquake

Black smoke lingered over the metropolitan area of Santiago, Chile, following a magnitude 8.8 earthquake on February 27, 2010.

Atmosphere Land Earthquakes