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Earthquakes Living Lab - Chile

Talca, Chile

In 2010, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake occurred approximately 100 km southwest of Talca, Chile, resulting in a tsunami, major property damage, and over 500 deaths. This earthquake is one of three earthquakes included in the virtual earthquake simulation accessed through the link to the right (How is an earthquake epicenter located?).

The resources on this page focus primarily on the instruments, methods and data used to measure and locate earthquakes. Start exploring!

Where did earthquakes occur this week? How many? How big were they?

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How is an earthquake epicenter located, and how is its magnitude determined?

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What is the difference between a P wave and an S wave?

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What else should I know about measuring earthquakes?

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What are the details of the geology and fault system at Talca, Chile?

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