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The largest earthquake of 2010 by magnitude (MW8.8), and the subject of this article, struck south-central Chile in the early hours of 27 February 2010. The earthquake was a "mega-thrust" event, involving the rupture of a section of the Nazca-South American plate boundary, where the Nazca plate dips at a shallow angle beneath the Pacific margin of South America. Understanding this event and its effects, including tsunami is of particular significance to urban centres that share close proximitydoi:10.5459/bnzsee.44.3.123-166 fatcat:vijk7pophjesfpp5c2t55svclm