say the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the Chilean city of Concepcion
shifted it more than three meters to the west.
Researchers from several universities in the United States also say the 27 February
quake was so powerful it moved the capital of Santiago about 27 centimetres to
Even the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires, located more than 1,400 kilometres
east of Santiago, shifted more than two centimetres to the west.
The researchers compared data taken by global positioning satellites before and
after the earthquake to reach their conclusions.
The Chilean government says about 452 people were killed by the quake.