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Chile registers more than 8,000 tremors in 2017 but no quakes

From Reuters - January 4, 2018

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile recorded more than 8,000 tremors in 2017, according to scientists at the University of Chile, though none reached the magnitude of an earthquake.

The universitys National Seismological Center said the number of tremors had reached 8,094 last year, a 26 percent increase over 2016. Of those, 352 were perceptible, while 7,742 were less than a magnitude of around 3, the center said in a statement.

Situated on the Pacific ring of fire, Chile runs along a seismic zone where tectonic plates rub up against each other. It is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world, and in 1960 was hit by a 9.5 magnitude quake, the strongest in recorded history.

National Seismological Center Director Sergio Barrientos attributed the spike to the countrys increased capacity for detecting even the most subtle and remote of tremors.

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