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After years of research on the impact of earthquakes, scientists generally agree that although quakes may cause a lot of damage on the earth’s surface, generally the blocks of crust spring back to their original position after a few years. Geologists studying the effects of quakes in the dry climate of northern Chile have been able to examine the results of quakes over a longer period of time. In the Atacama Desert, they found cracks ranging from millimeters to meters in width indicating that those quakes caused significant damage to the crust over many years. The researchers say the new work questions previous assumptions about how much the earth recovers after a quake. Structural Geologist Richard Allmendinger says, “If some of the deformation is permanent, then the models will have to be rethought and more complicated material behaviors used.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

How Earthquakes in Chile Have Permanently Deformed Earth, By Charles Q. Choi, http://news.yahoo.com/earthquakes-chile-permanently-deformed-earth-170116659.html, Accessed April 29, 2013.

Psalm 46:2 (ESV) Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

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