National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Greater Risk of Earthquake and Tsunami in Western Indian Ocean

On Boxing Day of 2004 magnitude 9.1 undersea megathrust earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, sparked a tsunami that took the lives of over 280,000 thousand people. The quake was caused when the Indian tectonic plate subducted underneath the Burma Plate, causing 1,600 kilometres of fault surface slippage in two phases over a

Dating an Ancient Global Warming

New research into the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum, PETM, by scientists based at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, have made what they believe to be the most accurate estimation of its time-frame yet, which has allowed them to narrow down its cause.

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