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Chile quake forecast by strain accumulation in seismic gap
The fault segment that ruptured this week in Chile was identified in a paper last year as having strain buildup that, in a 'worst-case' situation, was ready to produce up to an 8.5 magnitude earthquake. [right, Fig 1 from the paper. Circles are GPS stations, stars are major historical earthquakes, ellipses show rupture areas] The authors conclude that "The Concepción–Constitución area [35–