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:
- 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.
- 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.
“Footquakes” are seismological signals caused by a large number of football (or other sport) fans following a major event, like a goal. On April 7th, the FC Sion has scored the fastest goal ever in the Swiss Championship, just 10 seconds into the game. Our seismic station at 2.3 km distance has nicely detected the vibration. For full details read our Geoblog article (or in subsequent media appearances on Le Nouvelliste, Le Matin, msn, orange and So Foot).
In a week of recording at our test site in the Valais, all 4 earthquakes located by the Swiss Seismological Service were clearly visible and detected. This includes a magnitude 1.0 event at 36 km distance, which is a surprisingly good performance: the energy liberated by a magnitude 1.0 earthquake corresponds to approximately 1 cm slip on a 125 m2 area.
Below is the detected waveform, with the origin time (OT), P and S waves.
On Wednesday April 3rd, Luca dal Zilio from the California Institute of Technology will visit our institute. At the lunchtime Table Ronde he will present a seminar with the following title: Anatomy of the Main Himalayan Thrust: Implications for elastic energy storage and lateral segmentation.
Thanks to good contacts, a RaspberryShake-1D sensor could be installed today at a low-noise location in the Valais. This region is known to be that of highest seismic activity in Switzerland, with recurrent damaging events. The latest of the major events occurred in 1946 in Sierre, and had a magnitude of 5.8. The data recorded by the station installed today can be seen online here.
On Tuesday March 19th, Jean-Philippe Avouac from the California Institute of Technology will visit the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment. He will present a seminar at 12h15 in room 1620 on Silent uplift, monsoonal swing and millenary quakes in the Himalaya.
The AlpArray Surface Wave, Ambient Noise and Full Waveform Inversion research group will hold its next meeting on Thursday and Friday, February 21-22 in Lyon, France. Beyond research progress reports within the group, presentations from other groups (such as the Receiver Function group) will take place, as well as discussion on joint inversion.
There were 3 earthquakes near Manipur (India), with magnitudes 4.6-4.7 each, within a 55-hour timespan and ca. 70 km distance, according to the USGS catalogue. The focal depths were between 55 and 68 km. Although this segment of the India-Burma subduction is known to be seismically active, this is a relatively rapid succession of light events.
On Monday January 14th, Laura Airaghi from the Institut des Sciences de la Terre de Paris will visit ISTE. She will present a seminar on Linking microstructures to petro-chronology in low-grade metamorphic rocks: an approach to investigate large-scale deformation mechanisms in collisional settings (eastern Tibet and Pyrenees) at 11h00 in room 2121.
The AGU Fall Meeting took place last week in Washington D.C. Our group member’s contributions:
- Subedi S, Hetényi G, Denton P and Sauron A (ED51C-0677). Seismology-at-School in Nepal: a first regional educational and seismic network.
- Colavitti L,Hetényi G and AlpArray Working Group (S31D-0535). A new technique to construct 3-D Vs models: Implementation of Ray Tracing, Model Parameterization and Inversion.
- Alvizuri CR, Walter F and Hetényi G (S51D-0367). Seismic moment tensor and single force analysis of landslides in Switzerland and Greenland.
- Scarponi M, Hetényi G, Plomerova J, Solarino S, Berthet T, Baron L and AlpArray-Ivrea Working Group (T51G-0249). High-resolution imaging of the Ivrea Geophysical Body: A joint seismic and gravity approach.
- Pistone M, Petri B, Müntener O, Almqvist BSG, Hetényi G, Zappone A and Baumgartner L (V33D-0272). Unravelling magma emplacement mechanism in the lower crust: A forensic investigation of the Mafic Complex, Ivrea-Verbano Zone (Italy).
The meeting will take place in San Francisco (California) in 2019.