Danger zones: mapping may help predict giant earthquakes

A global map of subduction zones has been developed, which will allow researchers to more accurately pinpoint areas capable of generating giant earthquakes.

The team of researchers lead by Monash University’s Wouter Schellart examined subduction zones – which occur at the edge of tectonic plates – to identify any differences which meant some were more susceptible to earthquakes than others.

A number of at-risk zones we found, including the Hikurangi subduction segment offshore the east coast of New Zealand, which is of particular importance to the Australian region.

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