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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 interferogram is available to download 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 interferogram of the ground deformation around Norcia and Amatrice due to the earthquake.

A new paper on the 2014 Napa Valley earthquake, co-authored by COMET’s Richard Walters and John Elliott, was the most shared on the AGU’s EoS website for the last week in July.  Congratulations to John, Richard, and lead author and COMET alumnus Mike Floyd!

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Summary of coseismic geodetic data and model for the 24 August 2014 South Napa earthquake.

Andy Hooper receives 2016 AGU Macelwane Medal


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