Luca Dal Zilio
Why massive earthquakes menace the Himalayas
Nature highlights | January 2019
Devastating earthquakes have struck the Himalayan region in recent decades, and an analysis of quake dynamics explains why more "big ones" are probably on the way...
Devastating quakes are priming the Himalaya for a mega-disaster
National Geographic | January 2019
Moderate earthquakes aren’t releasing enough stress along the region’s faults. They’re actually making it worse...
Waiting for the complete rupture
ETH News | January 2019
Nepal was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 in 2015, but the country may still face the threat of much stronger temblor. This is the conclusion reached by ETH researchers based on a new model that simulates physical processes of earthquake rupture between the Eurasian and Indian Plates...
Major earthquakes could still devastate Nepal
Futurity | January 2019
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck Nepal in 2015, and the country may still face the threat of much stronger quake, according to new research...
Earthquakes in the Himalaya are bigger than in the Alps because tectonic plates collide faster
Geology page | December 2017
Earthquakes that happen in densely populated mountainous regions, such as the Himalaya, spell bigger earthquakes because of a fast tectonic-plate collision, according to a new study in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Researchers from Geophysical Fluid Dynamics — ETH Zürich in Switzerland, say their findings give people a more complete view of the risk of earthquakes in mountainous regions...
Earthquakes — Swiss study shines new light on the risks in the Alps
Le News | November 2017
A study by scientists at ETH Zurich, published on ScienceDirect on 15 November 2017, provides a powerful new way of looking at the risk of large earthquakes in the Alps, Apennines, Zagros and Himalaya mountain ranges....
Subduction–driven Earth machine
Nature Geoscience | April 2018
In the 1960s, the concept of plate tectonics revolutionized the field of geoscience. This theory describes how Earth’s surface is a jigsaw of seven large tectonic plates and a variety of smaller ones that move slowly over time. Some of the most spectacular consequences of this motion are out there, right in front of our eyes: magnificent mountain ranges and immense oceans...
Faster tectonic-plate collisions spell bigger earthquakes
Nature Highlights | November 2017
Big tremors are more likely in mountain ranges where plates grind together at high speed.....
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Outstanding Student Poster Award
European Geoscience Union | April 2019
The poster presented at EGU 2018 explores the conditions that could explain the bimodal seismicity (Mw 7 vs. Mw 8+ earthquakes) of large Himalayan earthquakes. His numerical experiments establish the dependence of earthquake rupture pattern on fault frictional properties and non-planar geometry of the Himalayan megathrust due to variations in stress distribution...