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When it comes to the Earth’s interior, researchers have only “scratched the surface.” What goes on beneath our feet has serious catastrophic potential. Earthquakes, volcanoes, and other general geological maladies begin beneath the surface. To better understand our planet and better prepare for tomorrow’s calamities, researchers need a more detailed picture of our Earth’s anatomy, specifically the mantle. “The outer part [of the Earth] is the exciting part,” said Jeroen Tromp.
Published on the Princeton University Facebook account this morning was Prof. Jeroen Tromp's statement on yesterday's Virginia earthquake. Appearing along side the statement was a Global ShakeMovie documenting the earthquake and an array of comments coming in from all facets of Facebook life.