Piton de la Fournaise - the motivated team in the rain and fog - photo photo Eric Larose / IS Terre 12/07/2014
Piton de La Fournaise - sensor deployment under difficult conditions in July - photo Eric Larose / IS Terre
This large number of high-tech sensors, each weighing 2.5 kg, usually used in the petroleum industry for hydrocarbon exploration (Fairfield Company / Houston), was installed on three square antennas, tours towards the inside of the volcano, during the months of June and July 2014, sometimes under difficult conditions.
They will record for one month the seismic noise and try to visualize an area 3,000 meters below the volcano, just above sea level and that may contain lava. Seven hundred and fifty pounds of materials were transported through the air, but also on men's backs, when air transport conditions were not met.
Piton de La Fournaise - Phase 4; storage of the sensors for repatriation - photo Eric Larose / IS Terre
Piton de La Fournaise - Phase 4: repatriation of sensors by helicopter - photo Eric Larose / IS Terre
The phase 4 of the project VolcArray just ended with the uninstallation of the sensors and the repatriation by helicopter to the laboratory, at the very end of July. This will also allow dismantling of obsolete installations ... and evacuate waste.
The analysis and compilation of results phase is underway.
To be continued !
- IS Terre Grenoble - link
- Musée de La Réunion - VolcArray : le piton de la fournaise sous la loupe - link
- INSU / CNRS - L'analyse du bruit sismique pourrait servir à la localisation des futures éruptions volcaniques - link
- Journal of geophysical research - Imaging preeruptive and coeruptive structural and mechanical changes of a volcano with ambient seismic noise A; Obermann & al. 12.2013- link