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Melting ocean mud helps prevent major earthquakes — and may show where quake risk is highest

By Kate Selway, Macquarie University
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The largest and most destructive earthquakes on the planet happen in places where two tectonic plates collide. In our new research, published today in Nature Communications, we have produced new models of where and how rocks melt in these collision zones in the deep Earth.

This improved knowledge about the distribution of melted rock will help us to understand where to expect destructive earthquakes to occur.

What causes earthquakes?


Giant earthquakes, such as the magnitude-9.0 quake…


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