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Scientists Underestimated Potential for Tohoku Quake. Now What?
January 23, 2013
The massive Tohoku, Japan, earthquake in 2011 and the Sumatra-Andaman superquake in 2004 stunned scientists because neither region was thought to be capable of producing a megathrust earthquake with a magnitude exceeding 8.4. Now, earthquake scientists are going back to the proverbial drawing board and admitting that existing predictive models that look at maximum earthquake size are no longer valid.
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