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A Seismic Triple Whammy
August 18, 2010
A magnitude 8.1 earthquake and tsunami that killed 192 people last year in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga actually was a triple whammy: the 8.1 "great earthquake" concealed and triggered two major quakes of magnitude 7.8, seismologists report in the Aug. 19 issue of the journal Nature.
University of Utah
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