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News Release 10-042

NSF Dispatches Rapid Response Oceanographic Expedition to Chile Earthquake Site

Scientists seize rare opportunity to map one of largest quakes in recorded history

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Map of the rupture site of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile.

Scientists will map the rupture site of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile.

Credit: Jared Kluesner, David Sandwell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD


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Photo of the research vessel Melville.

The research vessel Melville will take advantage of an unprecedented scientific opportunity.

Credit: SIO/UCSD


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Map showing the Melville's location off Chile when the 8.8 quake struck on February 27th.

Melville's location off Chile when the 8.8 quake struck on February 27th.

Credit: Bruce Applegate, SIO/UCSD


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Photo of the Melville underway on an oceanographic expedition.

Melville underway on an oceanographic expedition.

Credit: SIO/UCSD


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