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South Asian Quake Shifted Local Well Water

January 09, 2005|From Times Wire Reports

VIRGINIA

The South Asian earthquake that spawned deadly tsunamis also shifted water levels by at least 3 feet in a geologically sensitive Virginia well about 9,600 miles from the epicenter, researchers say.

The well near Christiansburg, which started oscillating about an hour after the magnitude 9 quake near Sumatra on Dec. 26, is particularly sensitive to movements in the Earth and is monitored by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The fluctuations lasted about five hours.

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