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Volume 6, issue 4
Earth Surf. Dynam., 6, 955-970, 2018
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Special issue: From process to signal – advancing environmental...

Earth Surf. Dynam., 6, 955-970, 2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 29 Oct 2018

Research article | 29 Oct 2018

Seismic detection of rockslides at regional scale: examples from the Eastern Alps and feasibility of kurtosis-based event location

Florian Fuchs et al.
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The work demonstrates how seismic networks installed in the Alps can be used for country-wide real-time monitoring of rockslide activity. We suggest simple methods that allow us to detect, locate, and characterize rockslides using the seismic signals they generate. We developed an automatic procedure to locate rockslides with kilometer accuracy over hundreds of kilometers of distance. Our findings highlight how seismic networks can help us to understand the triggering of rockslides.
The work demonstrates how seismic networks installed in the Alps can be used for country-wide...