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Italy earthquake: Complex geology drives frequent shaking

from Live Science

Powerful earthquakes like the 6.2-magnitude temblor that rocked central Italy early morning on Aug. 24 are surprisingly common in the region, geologists say. The shaking was caused by movement in the Tyrrhenian Basin, a seismically active area beneath the Mediterranean Sea. Here, the ground is actually spreading apart, said Julie Dutton, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. more

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