|We arrange a seismological experiment to study the velocity structure and seismicity of the Rwenzori region.
A temporary network consisting of 25 seismic stations is deployed in the area for a period of 18 months. The
earthquake data recorded during this time can be divided into two major groups: (a) Recordings from teleseismic
events are analyzed to image the structural details (seismic velocity, attenuation and anisotropy) of the crust
and upper mantle in this region. This will provide important constraints for the modelling of geodynamic processes
responsible for the formation of the Rwenzori mountains. (b) Recordings of local earthquakes are used to map active
fault zones in the Rwenzori region providing information on current tectonic movements and earthquake risk. The
interpretation of our results are performed in close cooperation with
structural and petrological studies based on
magnetotelluric and mantle xenoliths investigations, respecitvely. During the second half of our project we plan
to extend our experiments to a larger area along the western branch of the East African Rift System, which is
characterized by pronounced seismic activity. Previous large-scale seismological experiments have focused mainly
on the less active eastern branch.
Prof. Dr. G. Rümpker
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