NORSAR and the seismic monitoring of the European Arctic

Author(s):

Schweitzer, J.

Year:2016
Type:Journal
Reference:The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP), Newsletter, 19, May 2016, 7 pp

On 29 March 2016, at 12:32 local time the Norwegian settlement Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago was shaken by seismic waves caused by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake at a distance of about 130 km, east-southeast in the Storfjorden region close to the coast of Edgeøya. This time of the year is high season for winter tourism on Spitsbergen and beside the local inhabitants many visitors experienced this event in the middle of the day (see also Svalbardposten from 1 April 2016).