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Survey explores active tectonics in northeastern Caribbean

December 31, 2005

There is renewed interest in studying the active and complex northeastern Caribbean plate boundary to better understand subduction zone processes and for earthquake and tsunami hazard assessments [e.g., ten Brink and Lin, 2004; ten Brink et al., 2004; Grindlay et al., 2005]. To study the active tectonics of this plate boundary, the GEOPRICO-DO (Geological, Puerto Rico-Dominican) marine geophysical cruise, carried out between 28 March and 17 April 2005 (Figure 1), studied the active tectonics of this plate boundary.

Initial findings from the cruise have revealed a large underwater landslide, and active faults on the seafloor (Figures 2a and 2c). These findings indicate that the islands within this region face a high risk from tsunami hazards, and that local governments should be alerted in order to develop and coordinate possible mitigation strategies.

Publication Year 2005
Title Survey explores active tectonics in northeastern Caribbean
DOI 10.1029/2005EO510002
Authors A. Carbó, D. Córdoba, A. Muñoz-Martín, J.L. Granja, J. Martín-Dávila, A. Pazos, M. Catalán, M. Gómez, Uri S. ten Brink, Christa von Hillebrandt, J. Payero
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
Index ID 70194885
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center