Articles | Volume 6, issue 4
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, Wolfgang Lenhardt, Götz Bokelmann, and the AlpArray Working Group

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Short summary
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.