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Local campus picks up earthquake readings from Chile

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The earthquake in Chile on Tuesday was recorded using equipment at a local college campus.

15 minutes after the quake hit Chile it was recorded right here in Vanderburgh County at the University of Southern Indiana.

A device called a seismometer that is buried underground in a vault on USI's campus was used.

Geology Professor Paul Doss says it is not unusual for the energy from such a big earthquake to travel this far, but the seismometer was still recording aftershocks on the Thursday after the earthquake.

Doss says the seismometer is so sensitive that it will pick up movement caused by early morning traffic, mining blasts, and trains.  

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