Earthquakes Affect Plate Movement in a Feedback Loop

An analysis of GPS data from the 1999 İzmit quake in Turkey finds the the quake changed the movement direction of the Anatolian Plate.

Beth Johnson
3 min readMar 26, 2022

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IMAGE: Tectonic plates of the Earth. CREDIT: USGS

Earthquakes, it turns out, can affect the movement of the plates. I know what you’re thinking. Plate movement causes earthquakes, not the other way…

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Beth Johnson

Planetary scientist, podcast host. Communication specialist for SETI Institute and Planetary Science Institute. Buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/planetarypan