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 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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Map of the southwestern Pacific with Pitcairn Island where the samples for this study were taken. Source GEOMAR.
28.10.2016

Plain or marble cake?

New insights into plate recycling on Earth

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Schematic diagram of a subduction zone. Graphics: C. Kersten, GEOMAR.
01.08.2016

The search for the earthquake nucleus

Are calcareous sediments weak points in seismogenic zones?

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