Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Near-Surface Geochemistry and Geobiology

Large Earthquakes in Alaska

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
 
Alaska mountains and the rails that were ripped from their ties and buckled under movement of the riverbanks during the 1964 megathrust earthquake. (photo couresy U.S. Geological Survey)
 
 

Slow Slip Events and Tectonic Tremors on the Alaska Subduction Zone

A new study published by Baptiste Rousset (EPS postdoc), Yuning Fu (Bowling Green State University), Noel Bartlow (EPS Scientist) and EPS Professor Roland Bürgmann describes weeks-long slow slip events accompanied by tectonic tremors just beneath a locked asperity on the Alaska subduction zone producing some of the largest earthquakes in the world.