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News From the Field
Big Quake Was Part of Crustal Plate Breakup

September 26, 2012

map of the Indian Ocean region Seismologists have known for years that the Indo-Australian plate of the Earth's crust is slowly breaking apart, but they saw it in action last April when at least four faults broke in a magnitude-8.7 earthquake that may be the largest of its type ever recorded. Full Story

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University of Utah

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