Drones to study geological hazards

A group of Italian and British geoscientists coordinated by Alessandro Tibaldi, Associate Professor of Structural Geology at the University of Milan-Bicocca (and co-founder of GeoSocial), has successfully tested an innovative methodology for studying seismic hazard in an area in Iceland that has been hit by strong earthquakes in the past.

Drone preparation near Husavik, North Iceland.
Drone preparation in the field near Husavik, North Iceland.

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Geoscientists on trial over the L’Aquila quake

On the night of April 6, 2009, a moment magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck central Italy in the vicinity of L’Aquila, the capital of the Abruzzo region, killing 309 people and destroying or rendering uninhabitable approximately 20,000 buildings. The quake injured at least 1,500 residents and temporarily displaced more than 65,000.

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Bardarbunga’s sulphur emissions threatening Reykjavik

Poisonous gas emissions from the current eruption at Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland, started blowing westward, affecting the western Icelandic coastline, where Reykjavík  and other large inhabited areas are located.

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Lava flow from Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland. September 2014. NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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