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

Along the North Anatolian Fault, Anatolia and the Eurasian Earth Plate push past each other. Image reproduced from the GEBCO world map 2014, www.gebco.net
08.07.2019

Istanbul: Seafloor study proves earthquake risk for the first time

GeoSEA sensors document tectonic strain build-up below the Sea of Marmara

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The research vessel SONNE in front of Ritter Island during the expedition SO252 in autumn 2016. Photo: Christian Berndt/GEOMAR
16.05.2019

Precursors of a Catastrophic Collapse

Ritter Island gives new insights into the dynamics of volcanic landslides

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