Seismic Hazards across Europe mapped
This map was published in 2013 by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission and it shows the most up-to-date estimates for seismic hazards across Europe.
We can’t predict when a fault will rupture, but based on measurements of how much the ground is moving from GPS systems and research into historical seismicity in areas, scientists can give probabilities. In this map, the color contours are presented as the probability of a quake exceeding a standard known as the “Peak Ground Acceleration” over the next 50 years.
The darkest red areas are estimated to have a >50% probability of shaking exceeding that standard over the next 50 years. You can clearly see many features stand out as contours in this map.
The major plate boundary faults through Turkey stand out as some of the strongest features, as does the mid-Atlantic ridge in Iceland. Other areas of mountain building appear as well, including areas in Southern Europe where the seismicity and mountain building is being driven by subduction of the last fragments of the Tethys ocean beneath Europe. Beyond those, there are many smaller areas of increased seismic hazard as well, look through and see what you can find.
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Green is high and red is low.
It;s settled. The official languuage of the EU should be (school)English.
Almost, most people, seem to understand it, and that is wath a language is made for.
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We need more science students, a lot more.
Yippy! We have the cleanest cars of Europe!!
There is still a long way to go for most countries.
If you don’t want to do it for the envirenment or the climate then al least do it to become less dependent from russian natural gas.