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Scientists scramble to analyze Haiti quake

Teams work to understand and model what could happen next

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10:10am, January 16, 2010

Editor's note: This story was posted January 16, and the U.S. Geological Survey on January 21 released a statement assigning probabilities to various sizes of aftershocks possible in the area.

Since the ground shook Port-Au-Prince on January 12 and sent the city into chaos, scientists have been working to quickly assemble a detailed picture of a region in which scientific research had already been difficult to conduct.

“The question we are trying to address right now is if there could be other faults nearby or perhaps other portions of the fault to the east or west that could go,” says Eric Calais, a geophysicist at P

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