Outreach article in Bhutanese newspaper “Kuensel”

Seven years have passed since a small team from Switzerland and France went to Bhutan for the first time to carry out geophysical measurements, in collaboration with the Department of Geology and Mines in Thimphu. Our first, smaller campaign triggered two, multi-year national projects, one in each of the European partner countries. In 2017 both projects end, and related scientific results are published.

To reach out to the general public in Bhutan, the project PIs wrote a summary which appeared in today’s issue of Kuensel, the most read Bhutanese newspaper: What we have learnt about Bhutan earthquakes in recent years.

SNSF Scientific Image Competition

The SNSF has organized a scientific image competition in various categories (Object of study; Men and women in science; Locations and instruments; Video-loop). Most entries are displayed now online here. György Hetényi has sent in two pictures, one about “Near real-time reporting“, and one about “When the research result smiles at you“. The competition winners (not shown online) are announced tonight at the Biel Festival of Photography.

Celso Alvizuri and Matteo Scarponi join our group

Welcome to Celso Alvizuri and Matteo Scarponi who join our research group today.

Celso arrives from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks where he has recently finished his PhD, and will replace Kristel Chanard as a post-doc.

Matteo arrives from the University of Bologna where he has just graduated with an MSc degree and will now start his PhD resarch.

Please check back in some time to find their personal web pages and research interests.

Ivrea ICDP preparatory workshop

During the first week of May an international workshop will take place to discuss the Ivrea ICDP project between geologists, geochemists and geophysicists. Our group’s interest is to compile existing and to carry out new intra-crustal images from gravity and seismology, on which György Hetényi will give a presentation. More details on the Ivrea ICDP project can be found here.

EGU General Assembly participation

Next week we will be attending the EGU General Assembly in Vienna. Here is a list of our planned contributions:

  • Monday, 14:45 (room D3): Diehl T, Singer J, Hetényi G, Grujic D, Clinton J, Giardini D, Kissling E: Evidence for segmentation of the Eastern Himalayas and link to foreland deformation
  • Tuesday 8:30-12:00 (room G1): Session TS7.7/SM6.13: The Alps and neigbouring mountain belts: a multidisciplinary vision (AlpArray)
  • Tuesday 13:30-15:00 (room 2.83): AlpArray Gravity Working Group meeting
  • Tuesday 15:30-17:00 (room 0.15): AlpArray meeting
  • Tuesday, poster X2.233: Hetényi G, Molinari I, Clinton J, Kissling E, AlpArray Seismic Network Core Group: The AlpArray Seismic Network: status and operation
  • Tuesday, poster X2.234: Hetényi G, Bianchi I, Plomerová J, Kampfová Exnerová H, AlpArray-EASI Working Group, The interaction between the Adria and Europe plates at their boundary in the Eastern Alps (project EASI)
  • Tuesday, poster X2.236: Molinari I, Obermann A, Kissling E, Hetényi G, AlpArray-EASI Working Group: The 3D crustal structure of Eastern Alps and Bohemian Massif revealed by ambient noise surface wave tomography
  • Tuesday, poster X2.370: Chanard K, Hetényi G, Baumgartner L, Licul A, Herman F: Constraining eclogitization kinetics at large scale: the Indian lower crust
  • Tuesday, poster X3.26: Alvizuri C, Silwal V, Krischer L, Tape C: Estimation of full moment tensors, including uncertainties, for earthquakes, volcanic events, and nuclear explosions
  • Friday, poster X3.23: Colavitti L, Hetényi G: Towards a new tool to develop a 3-D shear-wave velocity model from converted waves
  • Friday, poster X2.142: Herman F, Deal E, Braun J, Chanard K, de Anna P, Stalder N: Extracting an unbiased erosion history of glacial landscapes

Valais rock stand at the CPPS completed

The new rock stand featuring typical rocks from the Valais (and therefore the Alps) is cow completed and can be visited at the CPPS (“Centre Pédagogique pour la Prévention des Séismes”) in Sion. Many thanks to Guillaume Antonioli, Nikhil Sharma, Jean-Luc Epard, and all sample contributors!

Photo from Anne Sauron (CPPS)

Earthquake in Switzerland & interview

Following the largest earthquake in Switzerland since in the past 12 years (magnitude 4.6) on Monday, in the Helvetic Nappes around the cantons Uri, Schwyz and Glarus, RTS Couleur 3 made an interview with György Hetényi about seismicity in Switzerland and in general. You can listen to it here (musical break from 3’00” to 5’15”).