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Not One, but Two Great Earthquakes Caused 2009 Samoa-Tonga Tsunami Disaster


August 18, 2010

map showing three quakes near  Samoa Scientists studying the massive earthquake that struck the South Pacific on Sept. 29, 2009, have found that it actually involved two great earthquakes: an initial one with magnitude 8.1, which then triggered another magnitude 8 earthquake seconds later on a different fault. The details of this rare event, called a "triggered doublet," are unlike anything seismologists have seen before. Full Story

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