A massive earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter Scalestruck 600 miles off the Tasmanian coast this morning. Itwas the most powerful earthquake recorded on the planet inthe past four years.

The strongest quake ever recorded measured 9.2 on theRichter Scale. It struck Chile in 1960, killing 22,000.

The quake was felt throughout the island of Tasmania andalong the Antarctic coastline. It was the strongest quake inthe region since 1924, and comes at a time when earth hasbeen experiencing an exceptional number of strong quakes,measuring 6.0 or more on the Richter Scale.

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