Rio Grande rift project

Jenny Nakai talks about her research, which involves using data from the EarthScope Transportable Array to study seismicity in the Rio Grande Rift region. The Rio Grande Rift appears to slowly be spreading apart, so Jenny is looking at whether there are earthquakes associated with this extension and whether these earthquakes are broadly distributed from east to west or are concentrated along normal fault zones. Her work includes poring through extensive seismic data to find events that might be actual earthquakes and to distinguish them from false detections caused by external events such as mine blasts. The goal is to build an earthquake catalog that identifies when, where, and at what depth earthquakes happened in this region.

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Runtime: 5:25

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