New satellite maps out Napa Valley earthquake

Scientists have used a new Earth-observation satellite called Sentinel-1A to map the ground movements caused by the earthquake that shook up California’s wine-producing Napa Valley on 24 August 2014.

“This satellite represents a sea change in the way we will be able to monitor catastrophic events, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, due to its systematic observation strategy.” – Professor Andy Hooper, COMET

This is the first earthquake to be mapped by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) new satellite and demonstrates the capabilities of the Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET) in analysing its observations quickly.

For more information, see the full blog post here.

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