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(NECN) - The ability to predict earthquakes remains elusive for scientists.
We talked with Boston University professor Colleen Dalton to find out why its so hard to tell when and where an earthquake will strike.
Professor Dalton says scientists will now study this earthquake and the resulting tsunami to see what they can learn from it.
The quake is about the fifth largest ever recorded. The largest quake to be recorded struck off the coast of Chile in 1960.
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