BGS are supporting Fault-Line Living expedition by providing them with instrumentation to measure earthquakes. The expedition departs this weekend and is supported by Landrover and The Royal Geographical Society.
The team will be exploring life along the fault lines of Europe on an expedition that takes them through Iceland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Greece and Turkey. You can follow their progress and see how many earthquakes they detect through their Facebook page and by checking their station (FLL) on the School Seismology Website where they will upload their earthquake data.
BGS has provided two types of portable instruments and the Fault-Line living protect will test these in the field. Using robust and lightweight instruments it will be possible to detect and analyse earthquake signals generated by the numerous small events that occur in tectonically active regions.
Paul Denton, Project leader for the School Seismology Project trained two of the team members in basic seismology, operating the equipment and the analysis of the data.
Tamsin Davies from Fault-Line Living said
We love this aspect of our project. Every time we set up camp, along side our tents we'll also set up our two seismometers to see what seismic activity is taking place on particular fault lines.
BGS and Royal Geographical Society are keen to see how successful the project is at recording local earthquakes and are considering developing a portable system for schools to take on field trips to countries like Iceland.
For further details email School Seismology.