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Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide

June 19, 2017

Most of the world’s earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and volcanic eruptions are caused by the continuous motions of the many tectonic plates that make up the Earth’s outer shell. The most powerful of these natural hazards occur in subduction zones, where two plates collide and one is thrust beneath another. The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) “Reducing Risk Where Tectonic Plates Collide—A USGS Plan to Advance Subduction Zone Science” is a blueprint for building the crucial scientific foundation needed to inform the policies and practices that can make our Nation more resilient to subduction zone-related hazards.

Publication Year 2017
Title Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide
DOI 10.3133/fs20173024
Authors Joan S. Gomberg, K. A. Ludwig
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2017-3024
Index ID fs20173024
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earthquake Science Center