EarthScope Consortium will be one of 16 institutions participating in the new NSF-funded Cascadia Region Earthquake Science Center (CRESCENT), which will study the Cascadia subduction zone and improve earthquake resiliency and preparedness across the Pacific Northwest.
The Cascadia Subduction Zone is not your typical subduction zone. It is characterized by unique “slow slip events” that occur in the intervals between megathrust earthquakes along the fault.
Subduction zones play a crucial role in recycling old oceanic crust, while also carrying water into Earth’s interior. Magnetotelluric imaging can help scientists better see where fluids have accumulated in the crust.