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UW expert weighs-in on string of quakes

Professor Clifford Thurber Professor Clifford Thurber

MADISON (WKOW) -- A UW professor says history shows earthquakes tend to happen in a pattern.

"If you look at the long term history of earthquakes, over the last century let's say, there are kind of quiet times and not so quiet times," says Clifford Thurber, a geophysics professor at the UW. "I get the feeling we're in the decanal period (that) we're in one of the less quiet times." 

Saturday's strong earthquake in Chile comes as recovery efforts are barely off the ground in Haiti.

That has some people questioning if there's a scientific reason behind it all, or if recent activity is a precursor to something else, like the end of the world.

"Not an issue," says Thurber. "That makes an interesting story, but it's not science. I actually don't know anything about the story behind 2012 (the year some believe the world will end) and what it involves."

In our Saturday Web poll, most participants say they think this is all just Mother Nature playing out.

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