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Another frightening unknown involves "asperities" - parts of the plates that don't subduct evenly.
The earthquake was of type subduction mechanism, where Indian-Australian plate subduct to the Eurasian plate.
Rather, the lower plate redirects its motion and subducts downward, just as an oceanic plate does when it collides with a continent (figure 3).
CommScope's new ConQuest(R) Detectable SubDuct conduit, with its innovative design, targets underground cable networks having current and future cable capacity requirements.
The Adriatic plate, which includes Venice, subducts beneath the Apennines Mountains and causes the city and its environs to drop slightly in elevation," he said.