Chile Can Expect Bigger Quake, Says Expert

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Bulgaria: Chile Can Expect Bigger Quake, Says Expert Firemen help in the evacuation of people towards a high zone due to a Tsunami alert after an 8.2 Richter scale earthquake in Valaparaiso, Chile, 01 April 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Experts warn of potential stronger earthquakes in Chile, after an 8.2 magnitude quake killed at least 5 people on Tuesday night.

"This magnitude 8.2 is not the large earthquake that we were expecting in this area", California geophysicist Mark Simons told CNN.

Chile lies on a highly active seismic zone, and the country has seen multiple earthquakes of above 7.0 in the last decades. In 2010, an 8.8-magnitude tremor killed 525 people in the South American country.

"We expect another 8.8-8.9 earthquake here sometime in the future", Simons said, but added that it may also happen many years from now.

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