Saturday, March 6, 2010

"Chile aftershocks could go on for years":scientists

A graphic on Chile's 8.8-magnitude earthquake.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was to visit the earthquake-struck Chilean city of Concepcion on Saturday as new fears spread among Chileans following three strong aftershocks.

WASHINGTON-Chileans will be feeling aftershocks from the devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake for months and possibly years to come, scientists said Friday, as three strong tremors rocked the country.
"The larger the earthquake, the larger the aftershocks, the more of them and the longer they're going to last," said John Bellini, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Colorado."They will wind down in number, but they will probably be noticeable to people for months and could go on possibly for years," he told AFP.
Chile has been rattled by more than 200 aftershocks since the historic monster quake struck the South American country six days ago, killing some 800 people as buildings collapsed and tsunamis swept people to sea....

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