Plate tectonics and marine hazards

Seafloor topography of a subduction zone off the coast of Costa Rica. Source: GEOMAR.

Dynamic processes beneath the seafloor can cause natural hazards (such as earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions) that affect people living in coastal areas. A better understanding of the processes involved in the movement of tectonic plates is required in order to assess these hazards and to identify the early warning signals that precede such natural disasters.

News for topic: Plate tectonics annd marine harzards

The research drilling vessel JOIDES RESOLUTION. Photo: Bill Crawford/IODP
10.02.2017

Cold plates and hot melts

International science team publishes new data about the history of the Pacific Ring of Fire

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Research vessel METEOR. Photo: Hermann Bange, GEOMAR.
24.01.2017

Southern Italy: Earthquake hazard due to active plate boundary

International team of researchers publishes latest seafloor maps

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The deep-sea robot ROV KIEL 6000 is being lifted back on board the research vessel SONNE (I) during the expedition SO210 after a dive to the Chilean subduction zone. Photo: Bernd Grundmann, GEOMAR
15.12.2016

Mega-Earthquakes fuel methane seeps at the seafloor

GEOMAR-Forscher veröffentlichenGEOMAR researchers present new findings on the 2010 Chile earthquake neue Erkenntnisse zum Chile-Erdbeben 2010

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