Subduction Zone Science
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.
Reducing Risk Where Tectonic Plates Collide—Fact Sheet & Science Plan
The USGS Science Plan, “Reducing Risk Where Tectonic Plates Collide” 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.
Introduction to Subduction Zones
What is a subduction zone? What makes subduction zones so hazardous? The most powerful earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and landslides occur in subduction zones where tectonic plates collide and one plate is thrust beneath another.
Subduction Zone Science Workshop
The U.S. Geological Survey invites you to a free Subduction Zone Science workshop in Seattle at the University of Washington from January 10-11, 2023.