ANTICS: Albanian Tectonics of Continental Subduction


Installation of a seismometer
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and the GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences) in collaboration with the Institute of GeoSciences, Energy, Water and Environment of the Polytechnic University Tirana (PUT, Albania) study the continental subduction beneath Albania. This will be achieved by a large N experiment with 400 stations using 4.5-Hz natural frequency 3-component geophones (approx. 90% of the stations) and 3-component broadband stations covering an area 150 km by 150 km.
Joined field teams from KIT and PUT deployed the seismic stations during four weeks in September and October 2022. The instruments will be left at the sites for approx. one year to register seismicity and background seismic noise. After this, the network will be rearranged into two lines and left recording for additional nine months.
These recording will then be used for different types of seismological analysis, which include earthquake locations through AI applications, derivation of rupture mechanisms, and variable types of subsurface imaging. Our objectives are to understand the mode of convergence between Adria and Europe and the ongoing process of continental subduction, which ultimately drives large earthquakes in Albania.