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Apr 15, 2011 11:58 AM by Bailey Johnson (CBS)

What does an earthquake sound like?

One of the most common descriptors people use when talking about the sound of an earthquake is "like a freight train."

It's easy to understand why when you listen to this clip of Japan's massive 9.0 earthquake.

Researchers in Alaska used an underwater microphone to pick up the vibrations from the huge quake nine hundred miles away.

Click play (below) and listen for yourself.

It's possible that the sound clips at the end simply because researchers didn't calibrate the microphone for such a massive seismic shock.

Regardless, it's an incredible example of the immense power of earthquakes (as if we needed any more reminders.)

This is all courtesy of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's Vent Program; click here to learn more.

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