Chile Quake: This was big but a bigger one awaits
An 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile Tuesday night, triggering small landslides, setting off a tsunami and killing at least five people.
But geologists say an even larger quake in the region is lurking. “This magnitude 8.2 is not the large earthquake that we were expecting in this area,” said Mark Simons, a geophysicist at Caltech in Pasadena, California. “We’re expecting a potentially even larger earthquake.” It could be tomorrow. Or it could be 50 years.
M 7.7 Earthquake
83km NW of Iquique, Chile
9 hours ago – U.S. Geological Survey
An earthquake with magnitude 7.7 occurred near Iquique, Chile at 23:46:46.00 UTC on Apr 1, 2014