Earthquake beneath the Dent d’Oche

On May 28th a M4.2 earthquake occurred beneath the Dent d’Oche, a well known-peak on the French side of Lake Geneva, close to the Swiss border. The event was felt around Lake Geneva, as well as in the Valais where our station clearly recorded the waveforms (see below).

This earthquake is of interest for several reasons. In the year 563, a tsunami on Lake Geneva was generated from a rock fall in the same area. In 1584, a M5.9 earthquake occured in the same region (Aigle +/-50 km). Finally, the geothermal project planned in Lavey-les-Bains is close enough for this event to be of interest when assessing background seismicity.

Seismology at School in Nepal: Two key milestones

Since late 2017 we run the Seismology at School in Nepal program in connection with Shiba Subedi‘s PhD thesis. The project has recently achieved two important milestones:

  1. We organized an 2-day Educational Seismology workshop for about 100 school teachers and interested people in Pokhara, Nepal. All the teaching material and additional resources are available online.
  2. A network of RaspberryShake sensors, installed at schools in Nepal, is nearly completed and covers the central region of Nepal. More information on the network, the first detected earthquakes and shakemaps will follow soon.

A lot more could be written here, nevertheless for a start please browse through the links above.