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Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide

Fact Sheet 2017-3024

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ORCID iD and ORCID iD
https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173024

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Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Gomberg, J.S., and Ludwig, K.A., 2017, Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3024, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173024.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Recent Subduction Zone Disasters
  • Understanding Subduction Zone Hazards
  • A Path to a More Resilient Future

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2017-3024
DOI:
10.3133/fs20173024
Year Published:
2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Earthquake Science Center
Description:
4 p.