The Corinth Rift Laboratory is a European pilot site for research on earthquake and fault mechanics, which started in 1989.
It is based on a multidisciplinary approach, involving seismology, geodesy, tectonics, geochemistry, geophysics.
It is focused in a small area (50 km EW, 30 km NS) involving a complex system of very active, interacting normal faults, at the western end of the rift of Corinth,
presenting a high level of opening rate (1.5 cm /year) and of seismicity (10,000 microearthquakes detected every year, 3 earthquakes with M 6-6.5 per century).
Since 2000, CRL supports an increasingly large number of continuously monitoring station, mostly seismometers, GPS, and strainmeters. 35 stations are telemetered in real time to the University of Athens and accessible to the CRL partners. Stations are French (CNRS), Greek (UPAtras, NKUA, NOA) and Czeck (Charles University).
CRL is labelled "site instrumenté" by INSU/CNRS, and now one of the 6 Near Fault Observatories (NFO) included in the european infrastructure EPOS.
Our team at IPGP is strongly involved in the development of this field laboratory:
- it is part of the French coordination board (IPGP, ENS, GEOAZUR, EOST)
- it contributing to the development of the telemetry and the data processing
- it is responsible for the strainmeter instruments
- it develops research on the CRL records and other field observations in collaboration with the French and Greek partners.
Details on the collaborating institutions, on the real-time monitoring systems, and on the scientific publications are provided in the web site "crlab.eu"