Continuous GPS Network Operating Throughout Ecuador



Recent devastating great earthquakes in Sumatra, Chile, and Japan show that scientists need to learn more about other less studied subduction zones that have also generated major earthquakes in the recent past. On the margin of northwest South America, offshore Ecuador and Colombia, the Nazca plate's rapid oblique subduction beneath the South American continent has produced a sequence of large earthquakes. A recently installed continuous GPS network is beginning to help scientists learn more about the geodynamic framework in Ecuador.