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

In spring 2016, a team from GEOMAR and Kiel University on board the research vessel POSEIDON installed the GeoSEA transponders on the eastern flank of Mount Etna. Photo: Felix Gross (CC BY 4.0)
10.10.2018

GeoSEA array records sliding of Mount Etna’s southeastern flank

Volcano flank moves under water – Tsunami is a possible consequence

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Area of investigation at the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean. Graphics. Ingo Grevemeyer/GEOMAR
24.05.2018

Cold Production of New Seafloor

First seismic evidence for mantle exhumation at an ultraslow-spreading centre

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Gas hydrates are nicknamed "burning ice" because of the trapped methane. Photo: Science Party SO174
23.03.2018

Gas hydrate research: Advanced knowledge and new technologies

After ten years, the SUGAR project concludes with a conference in Potsdam

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