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Geoscientists Find Clues to Why First Sumatran Earthquake Was Deadlier Than Second

Geoscientists Find Clues to Why First Sumatran Earthquake Was Deadlier Than Second

An international team of geoscientists has uncovered geological differences between two segments of an earthquake fault that may explain why the 2004 Sumatra Boxing Day Tsunami was so much more devastating than a second earthquake generated tsunami three months later. This could help solve what was a lingering mystery for earthquake researchers.

‘Ultrasound’ of Earth’s Crust Reveals Inner Workings of a Tsunami Factory

Research announced this week by a team of U.S. and Japanese geoscientists may help explain why part of the seafloor near the southwest coast of Japan is particularly good at generating devastating tsunamis, such as the 1944 Tonankai event, which killed at least 1,200 people.