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When an oceanic tectonic plate cracks

Analyses of two recent earthquakes of great magnitude show how complex the breaking of the oceanic lithosphere can be, how it is linked to earlier great events and how it triggers seismicity worldwide. See Letters p.240, p.245 & p.250

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Figure 1: Seismo-tectonic chart of the India–Australia plate.


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