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

Map of the southwestern Pacific with Pitcairn Island where the samples for this study were taken. Source GEOMAR.

Plain or marble cake?

New insights into plate recycling on Earth

Schematic diagram of a subduction zone. Graphics: C. Kersten, GEOMAR.

The search for the earthquake nucleus

Are calcareous sediments weak points in seismogenic zones?

Map of the region. According to GEBCO world map 2014,

Chile: On the Track of Aftershocks

Marine Scientists Publish Data on the Illapel Earthquake in the Year 2015