Scientists map global quake zones

Scientists have developed a global map which predicts where the world's most destructive earthquakes are most likely to occur.

Some of the destruction from the 2004 tsunami that hit Aceh in Indonesia - Getty-1.jpg

2004: Some of the destruction that hit Aceh, Indonesia. (Getty)

Scientists have developed a global map which predicts where the world's most destructive earthquakes are most likely to occur.

The four-year research program examined subduction zones - where one tectonic plate sinks below another and into the earth's interior.

The researchers found there are many more of these zones capable of producing giant earthquakes than previously thought.

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Monash University associate professor Wouter Schellart led the international study and spoke with Brianna Piazza about the findings.

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Published 10 January 2014 at 1:56pm
By Brianna Piazza