25 Jahre Erdbebenmessnetz in Tirol
Members of the meeting in Innsbruck. © AGS

The neighbouring seismic services met on November 11 and 12, 2015 in Innsbruck celebrate a long standing cooperation which started with the first digital seismic stations in Austria. Due to the cooperation with the provincial government of Tyrol, the ZAMG (Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik) could install four digital seismic stations next to the Inn Valley which was exposed to stronger earthquakes in the past. The government of Tyrol supported this initiative by the ZAMG not only with manpower and logistics, but also financially to enable the ZAMG to build its first digital seismic stations in Austria.

The close cooperation between the Seismological Services of neighbouring countries proofed to be already essential since 2000 after recent earthquakes, when data could be exchanged on a continuous basis in real-time.

Seismological services record not only tremors of tectonic origin, but also anything else leading to ground vibrations in general. Non-tectonic tremors may result from rock falls and mountain-slides, but also from explosions, mining activities and the like. A close cooperation with geologists is therefore deemed to be essential.

At the meeting representatives of Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland took part. The meeting was concluded with a visit to the seismic station in St. Quirin in Tyrol.

An der Erdbebenstation.
At the seismic station. © AGS