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Earthquakes as Expressions of Tectonic Activity: Sources, Types and Examples

Rajendran, K (2018) Earthquakes as Expressions of Tectonic Activity: Sources, Types and Examples. In: Resonance, 23 (3). pp. 337-353.

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Earthquakes occur as the natural outcome of the processes that govern a dynamic planet, one that supports plate motions. The internal structure of the Earth that can sustain the convective -ow of the mantle and the presence of a strong, fractured outer shell, the lithosphere that can glide over the underlying asthenosphere are important components of the plate tectonic framework, and therefore, the global distribution of earthquakes. With an introduction to the ideas of plate tectonics and earthquake terminology, this article introduces the significance of the India-Eurasia plate boundary and its seismic productivity. The most active continent-continent collision boundary on the Earth defined by the Himalaya and the Andaman-Sumatra subduction zone are part of this plate boundary. Parts of the Indian continental interior regions are also noted for some destructive earthquakes. This article provides a brief overview of the background processes, terminology, and some highlights on Indian earthquakes studies, and points to academic opportunities in the area of earthquake studies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Resonance
Publisher: Springer India
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Springer India.
Keywords: crust; Earthquake; epicenter; faults; hypocenter; lithosphere; plate tectonics; seismology; trench
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Earth Sciences
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 11:33
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2022 11:33
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/75632

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