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New Zealand Earthquake

The first Sentinel-1 interferogram (12 day 20161103-20161115) covering the Mw 7.8 New Zealand earthquake  is available to download for viewing as a kmz in GoogleEarth from here. Note that the fringes are wrapped to 2.8 cm displacement in the line-of-sight. The regions around where the fault projects to the surface are incoherent so it is hard to see exactly where they are. Note also there are some other artefacts (straight line discontinuities) which will not be fault offsets. Data thanks to ESA EU-Copernicus.

Image correlation results from Sentinel-2A data confirm right lateral displacements of ~10m along the length of the Kekerengu Fault. Smaller left lateral displacements of 3-5m are visible along the Papatea Fault near the Clarence river.

The range offsets (which are not susceptible to unwrapping errors unlike the above phase measurements) are available to download here.

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Maps of E-W and N-S displacement from image matching of the 10m resolution Sentinel-2A data
Maps of E-W and N-S displacement from image matching of the 10m resolution Sentinel-2A data
Displacement along the Kekerengu Fault on the Clarence River
Displacement along the Kekerengu Fault on the Clarence River

Major Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake, Italy

Following the latest earthquake to strike the Apennines region of Italy, COMET scientists are continuing to analyse the latest ground deformation and surface faulting between the towns of Amatrice, Norcia and Visso.  The latest Sentinel-1 interferogram shows major ground subsidence and complex deformation patterns, and is available to download here.

You can also read more about recent events in Italy on our Earthquakes and Eruptions pages.

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Sentinel-1 interferogram covering the deformation of both the Mw 6.6 October 30th and the Mw 6.1 October 27th earthquakes.

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