Earthquake rupture halted by seamounts

Experts expected for some time that one of the next mega earthquakes occurs off northern Chile. But when the earth did tremble around the northern Chilean city of Iquique in 2014, the strength and areal extent of shaking was much smaller than anticipated. Geologists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona (Spain), and the German Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources now publish a possible explanation in the international journal Nature Communications. —> Read More