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Survey of Cascadia Subduction Zone reveals subterranean structure

Imma Perfetto
By Imma Perfetto

New data covering the Cascadia subduction zone – a megathrust fault, which are capable of generating the world’s largest earthquakes – has got scientists rethinking the seismic potential of the region.

The Cascadia subduction zone (CSZ) stretches more than 900km from coast of Vancouver Island in Canada to Northern California in the US. In this region, called the Cascadia subduction zone (CSZ), the Pacific Ocean floor is slowly being forced eastward underneath North America.

That is, until the plates catch and lock against each other, building up stress until its finally release in a powerful earthquake and, potentially, an ensuing tsunami.

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