CAT/SCAN: Calabria-Apennine-Tyrrhenian/Subduction-Collision-Accretion Network
JUNE 2004

Reports From the Field
  Report 1: Snow Falling on Station Sites
by Nano Seeber, Seismologist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  A blizzard provides new challenges to the researchers searching for station sites for their digital broadband seismographs.
A blizzard provides new challenges to the researchers searching for station sites for their digital broadband seismographs.

Finding ones' way in the web of twisty roads is challenging enough in sunny Italy; try it in a blizzard! Today we made it across Volturara Pass behind a snowplow. The going is indeed getting tougher as the winter sets in the southern Apennines with unusual fierceness. But Italy seems to abound in those little indispensable surprises, such as the lady at the petrol station half buried in snow that took the time to explain how foolish we were... and she showed us the only negotiable way. In any case, the warmth of our Italian hosts is amply compensating for the un-Italian weather.

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Report 2: Holidays and Earthquakes
by John Armbruster, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory


The center of Grottamainarda where CAT/SCAN researchers rang in the New Year.





CAT/SCAN researchers celebrated Christmas and New Year's in Grottaminarda. For the holidays, we shifted our efforts from installing new stations to collecting samples of data from those already installed. On December 30, a magnitude 4.1 earthquake shook the area 70 km north of Grottaminarda, located in the center of the valley of the Ufita River, and CAT/SCAN researchers were asked by their co-investigators working in Rome to assist in recording the aftershocks.

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Report 3: The Castle Strategy
by Art Lerner-Lam, Director, Center for Hazards and Risk Research


After installing a station in an old convent just outside Montella, a building in Craco (pictured above) seemed another perfect place for a seismograph station, free from cultural noise that can cause problems in seismic readings.






With the Twelfth Day marking the close of the holiday season in this part of the world, the CAT/SCAN instrument deployment phase is kicking into high gear. This week, the weather cleared and we received permission from the "Department of the Belle Arti" to install a station in the restored old convent just outside (and above!) Montella. This is an inspiring place, restored with sensitivity and obvious pride. We drove to the site, climbing a winding road through chestnut groves and small pastures, and met the caretaker at the gate.

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  Report 4: A Collage of Portraits
by Nano Seeber, Seismologist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

In Campana, researchers placed a seismograph in this crypt, located below the alter of a church.


Each station we set up is a new window onto a world of nuances and surprises — another facet of the cultural and physiographic architecture of southern Italy.

In the chilly wind of the dying afternoon, Francesco was frolicking alone in the little public garden overlooking a deep chasm just east of Campana. His frail figure moved in the graceful dance of a young person engaging his growing body while lost in distant thoughts. His response to my inquiry, however, was immediate and intelligent.

  Report 5: Working in the Cave
by Chad Holmes, Graduate Student at the Earth & Environmental Sciences

In a limestone cave off a path wending from a convent, Alberto Frepoli, in yellow, discussed the work to do with Chad Holmes, a graduate student at the Earth & Environmental Sciences department.




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