24 May 2012
One of the key aspects of the work that Colin Stark and I, working with NASA, have undertaken over the last few days on the Seti River landslide was the fact that it was detected remotely on the global seismic network. This is part of a project that Colin and Goram Ekstrom have been undertakeing to develop techniques to detect remotely large landslides – as I have highlighted previously this is really very exciting work.
Amazingly, two days ago Colin identified a seismic signal that indicated another landslide event, this time ion the flank of the Hubbard Glacier fjord in the very south-eastern corner of Alaska. The landslide occurred at the location shown (courtesy of Google Earth) below at 14:25 UT (06:25 local time) on 21st May:
This is a slope that has clearly had considerable small-scale landslide activity in recent times. Remarkably, the Landsat 7 ETM+ satellite overflew this area about six hours after the landslide, and managed to collect a good dataset. Colin has downloaded the data and has produced the image below of the landslide. Note that the imagery of course suffers from the same tiger striping problem that we saw in the Seti River dataset (this is a technical problem with the instrument), but despite this the landslide characteristics are clear: