New Arctic seismic station to help Northern Sea Route navigation

New Arctic seismic station to help Northern Sea Route navigation

August 12, 2022

Scientists will be able to register even weak tremors on Yuzhny island of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. A stationary seismic station was installed for the first time on the territory of the Malye Karmakuly polar station, on Yuzhny island of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. This is a very important event for the registration of earthquakes in the Arctic.

As Galina Antonovskaya, the Federal Research Center for the Arctic Comprehensive Study’s seismology laboratory head, told TASS, a pit about a meter deep was dug for the installation. Cement was poured there, and then the equipment was placed. It took the scientists about a week to set it up.

Prior to this, shocks were recorded using equipment on Dikson, Franz Josef Land and Severnaya Zemlya. But this was not enough to account for earthquakes in official catalogs. Now scientists will be able to register weak shocks and track seismic activity along the Northern Sea Route. The data will also be used to lay pipelines around dangerous areas.

Previously, scientists explored the snowfields in the north of Novaya Zemlya, a new expedition of the Arctic floating university started from Dixon, and Nornickel helped scientists count the Arctic ocean inhabitants.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Denis Kozhevnikov

August 12, 2022

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