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Beyond Magnitude: A Shallow Earthquake Hammered Turkey | NBC News
The earthquake in Turkey that killed more than 3,100 people and set off a series of aftershocks ruptured on a shallow fault line just over 11 miles beneath the Earth's surface, making it one of the most consequential and damaging earthquakes in recent history. Earthquakes can originate at various depths beneath the Earth's surface -- even hundreds of miles deep. But shallower earthquakes can be more destructive. Harold Tobin, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted.
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