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After the recent Italian earthquakes, Ed Rhodes was interviewed for BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat to explain how earthquakes occur and how they can produce tremors two months later. To do this, he took along his earthquake simulator comprising of a rock wrapped in sand paper and an elastic band. Listen here (11:10)

Ed’s earthquake simulator. Credit: @WilliamChalk



Volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer teams up with Director Werner Herzog in a new Netflix Original Documentary, Into The Infernoerupting onto our screens on October 28.  Read more

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Apennines Earthquake, Italy

COMET researchers are working on the the recent Mw 6.2 normal faulting earthquake which struck the Apennines region of Italy on Wednesday. Sentinel-1 data has been acquired over the region and will be used, along with other existing radar data, to help focus field investigations of the active faulting in the area between Amatrice and Norcia. The Sentinel-1 interferograms are available to download for the descending here and for the ascending (with more complete coverage) here as a kmz file overlay in GoogleEarth.


Sentinel-1 interfergram of the ground deformation around Norcia and Amatrice due to the earthquake.
Sentinel-1 interferograms of the ground deformation around Norcia and Amatrice due to the earthquake.

Our research combines techniques such as Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR) with ground-based observations and geophysical models to study earthquakes and volcanoes, and help understand the hazards they pose.

Since April 2014, we have been working in partnership with the British Geological Survey (BGS) to deliver cutting-edge research on earthquakes and volcanoes as well as hazard monitoring services. We also work closely with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) and European Space Agency (ESA), as well as many other national and international partners.

Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics