Seismic-volcanic workshop strengthens international cooperation



The convergent boundary between the North American and Pacific plates begins at the Yakutat “corner” and sweeps westward across Alaska and the Aleutian Islands to the Kamchatka “corner.” There it abruptly turns south and continues through the Kurile Islands to Hokkaido and Northern Honshu (Figure 1).

This region holds much scientific promise and mystery, and the first International Seismic-Volcanic Workshop on Kamchatkan-Aleutian Subduction Processes, held last summer, directed attention to it. The region contains nearly 20% of the world's active subaerial volcanoes and is one of the world's most seismically active areas. Yet surprisingly it is one of the least monitored and understood areas on Earth.