Earthquake on Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China
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Published April 14, 2010
Based on data collected by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission in 2002, this map shows the location of the April 13, 2010, earthquake in Qinghai, China, as well as tectonic features of the eastern Tibetan Plateau.
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Strong Aftershocks Rattle Chile Following Big Quake
Published March 11, 2010
This map of topography and water depth along the Chilean coast includes black circles that indicate aftershocks with a magnitude of 5.0 or larger that occurred between March 5 and 12, 2010, following the large earthquake on February 27.
8.8 Magnitude Quake near Concepcion, Chile
Published March 2, 2010
This map of topography and water depth reveals subduction’s influence on the West Coast of South America near the epicenter of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27, 2010.
Davenport-Murchison Range, Northern Territory, Australia
Published February 18, 2010
The Davenport Ranges of central Australia, known for their striking oval and zigzag patterns, are one of many dramatic landscapes mapped during the 2000 Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.
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Topography Along the Enriquillo-Plaintain Garden Fault, Haiti
Published January 14, 2010
A long valley reveals the location of the Enriquillo-Plaintain Garden Fault in southern Haiti, the site of a deadly earthquake in mid-January 2010.
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7.0 Quake Near Port Au Prince
Published January 13, 2010
This map shows the region around the earthquake that struck the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010. Blue areas indicate water and brown areas indicate land. Lighter colors indicate higher elevation or shallower depth. Circles indicate earthquake locations, with circle size corresponding to earthquake magnitude. Lines indicate faults.
Earthquakes in the Solomon Islands, Pacific Ocean
Published January 5, 2010
The contrast in ocean depths between the Australia Plate and the Pacific Plate near the Solomon islands reveals the subduction of the former beneath its northeastern neighbor. This subduction was responsible for the 7.2-magnitude quake on January 4, 2010.
Earthquakes Near Vanuatu
Published October 9, 2009
This map shows the region surrounding the earthquakes that occurred near Vanuatu on October 7 and 8, 2009. Ocean water appears in shades of blue, and land areas appear in shades of brown. Circles mark earthquake locations, and a black line marks the tectonic plate boundary.
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Earthquake off Samoa Generates Tsunami
Published October 1, 2009
A large (magnitude 8.0) undersea earthquake near Samoa generated a destructive tsunami that killed over 100 people.
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7.6 Magnitude Earthquake off Sumatra
Published September 30, 2009
This image shows the topography and bathymetry near Sumatra, Indonesia, where hundreds or thousands of people were feared dead in the wake of a magnitude 7.6 earthquake that struck on September 30, 2009.
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Sinking River Deltas - Irrawaddy River
Published September 22, 2009
This elevation image shows that the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma (Myanmar) is clearly flat, much of it below five meters in elevation. This low elevation makes the delta particularly prone to flooding from storm surges.
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Earthquake off the Coast of Venezuela
Published September 15, 2009
A strong earthquake struck off the Venezuelan coast on September 12, 2009.
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