Deep earthquakes: Observations, Experiments and Explanations

RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting May 2019
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A Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Simon Hunt (UCL); Andy Nowacki (Leeds)


The mechanisms that drive ‘deep earthquakes’—those deeper than ~60 km—are poorly understood. Pressure at these depths prevents brittle sliding on faults and the alternative mechanisms have not been conclusively proved. This may change, however.  In recent years, experimental techniques have advanced such that the harsh conditions of the deep mantle are now easier to reproduce, in the lab and computers; we have benefited from the rapid increase in the volume and quality of seismic data available to probe such events, as well as the ability to forward model seismograms; advances in geodynamics and other fields have paved the way for improvements in our understanding; and many large, deep events have occurred in the past decade. This specialist meeting will discuss the current and future state of our understanding of deep earthquakes and generate new ideas on how to tackle the  long-standing question of their origins.

Presentations will be a mixture of solicited talks, with a lunchtime poster session.

Abstract deadline – 12th April

Funding to support attendance by early career researchers (PhD students, postdocs and early-stage staff) is available.  Please email Simon Hunt ( with a short estimate of costs by the abstract deadline, to be considered for support.

 Invited speakers: Alex Schubnel (Paris), Hiroo Kanamori (Caltech) 

Registration and abstract submission information here.

For enquiries contact Simon Hunt ( or Andy Nowacki (

Schedule and abstracts can be found here.

Admission to Specialist Discussion Meetings is free for RAS Fellows, £15 for non-fellows (£5 for students), cash or cheque only, collected at the registration desk.  Admission to the subsequent Open (Monthly A&G) Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society is open to all, at no charge.

Venue Address

The Royal Astronomical Society,Burlington House


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