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Chile's earthquake could have been much worse

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Credit: Cristian Vivero/Reuters

Rescue workers inspect a car caught under a landslide after an earthquake and tsunami hit the northern port of Iquique, April 2, 2014.

Chile was rocked by a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake Tuesday night that spawned a relatively minor tsunami that spread across the Pacific Ocean as far as Hawaii and beyond.

And while the quake and tsunami did considerable damage in Chile, and killed six people, the fact is with an earthquake that strong, the situation could have been much, much worse. According to The Australian, experts are pointing to the country's building codes and general earthquake preparedness as a key reason why the impact was so minimal.

But experts warn Chile is still due for another, larger earthquake — based on how long its been since the last "big one."

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Credit: (c) Gable, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada

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