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Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impact Triggered a Months Long “Mega-Earthquake,” Research Shows


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Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impact Triggered a Months Long “Mega-Earthquake,” Research Shows

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66 million years ago a massive solar system body — now known as the Chicxulub asteroid — collided with Earth, excavating a massive 180 km (110 mile) wide impact crater in what would later become the Yucatan Peninsula.

This collision triggered a chain of cataclysmic events which, when combined with the devastation caused by the initial strike, wiped out 75 percent of all life on Earth.

Now, fresh research that analyzed geological records from this traumatic period in our planet’s history, has revealed that the devastating impact may have triggered a “mega-earthquake” that lasted for weeks, or even months before subsiding.

This isn't all that surprising considering the size of the asteroid that hit.

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