Chile's magnitude 8.8 Quake moved the entire city of Concepcion at least 10 feet to the west; shifting other parts of South Amer. as far apart as the Falkland Islands & Fortaleza, Brazil. physorg.
Preliminary Coseismic Displacement Field
M 8.8 Maule Quake, Chile, 2-27-10
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IGM Chile and Mike Bevis (OSU) are leading field activities in Chile including Geodesists Dana Caccamise and Eric Kendrick, Bob Smalley (UM) is leading the work in Argentina, and Ben Brooks (U Hawai‘i) and Mark Simons (Cal Tech) are coordinating processing and logistical support stateside.
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