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Massive quake shifts perception of earthquake hazard models

Dramatic data from last year’s major earthquake in Kaikoura, New Zealand, will change the way scientists think about earthquake hazards in tectonic plate boundary zones, according to a new study  published on 23 March in Science First Release.


LiCSAR service now live

High-resolution maps showing ground movement are now free to download thanks to a new service developed by COMET, the Looking inside the Continents from Space (LiCS) and Earthquakes without Frontiers projects.

The COMET-LiCS Sentinel-1 InSAR portal is providing access to results from LiCSAR, a system developed to process the vast amounts of data generated daily by the EU’s Sentinel-1 satellite constellation.   LiCSAR is now providing high-resolution deformation data for the entire Alpine-Himalayan seismic belt, where most of the planet’s deadly earthquakes occur.

LiCSAR images of the Alpine-Himalayan seismic belt

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