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Liquefaction major culprit in Japan quake

April 20th, 2011

CORVALLIS, Ore., April 18 (UPI) — U.S. seismologists studying the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan say the temblor caused significant soil “liquefaction” responsible for much damage.

The broad geographic extent of the liquefaction over hundreds of miles was surprising to experienced engineers accustomed to seeing earthquake disaster sites, including the recent events in Chile and New Zealand.

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