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Contribution to the understanding of volcano-tectonic seismic activity on the example of the Virunga Volcanic Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Period2016 - 2017
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Coordinator centre : European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology

Project background

This project aims at gaining insights into the characteristics of volcano-tectonic seismicity and their interaction with eruptive characteristics of the volcanoes Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira, located in the Virunga Volcanic Province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the framework of various research projects (one of which is this EUR-OPA project), ECGS and several partner institutions from Belgium and local partners in Africa have deployed the densest ever broadband seismic network in this highly endangered region, allowing for unprecedented insights into the seismic characteristics of these volcanoes. The knowledge gained in this way can directly be used in operational volcano monitoring in the region and may be used by other research and monitoring groups for other volcanic settings in Europe and worldwide.

Link to the project presentation

Project implementation

European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology - Luxembourg :

The objective of this project was the development of Virunga Seismic Network, scientific analysis of the seismicity in the region in order to better understand the volcano-tectonic seismicity and how it is related to the volcanic activity patterns through inter-disciplinary studies.


Most significant achievements

European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology - Luxembourg :
  • Further development of Virunga Seismic Network and scientific analysis of the seismicity in the region

  • Installation of seismic acquisition systems

Publication

Oth, A., J. Barrière, N. d’Oreye, G. Mavonga, J. Subira, N. Mashagiro, B. Kadufum S. Fiama, G. Celli, JdD.Birigande, A.J. Ntenge L. Habonimana, C. Bakundukize and F. Kervyn (2016). KivuSNet: The first dense broadband seismic network for the Kivu Rift region (Western branch of East African Rift). Seismol. Res.Lett., in press, doi 10.1785/0220160147.


ECGS

European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology - Luxembourg



European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology - Luxembourg



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