Characteristics of the 29th December, 2004, great earthquake in Sumatra

Category Tectonic & Seismotectonic
Group GSI.IR
Location 23th symposium on geosciences
Holding Date 05 May 2008

      The recent Sumatra earthquake produced heavey damages to the countries in the region. The main cause was due to the secondary effect of tsunami that generated by the main shock. The large earthquakes in subduction zones are usually followed by tsunami. Sumatra region has experienced several strong tsunamies in the past that caused extensive damages and many human losses. In this study, the seismicity of the region is reviewed. Then the characteristics of strong earthquakes in the region as well as the recent Sumatra earthquake is discussed. Finally, the results are compared with the similar cases in coastal areas of Iran.

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