13 June 2023
First satellite imagery and seismic data from the 11 June 2023 Flüchthorn rock avalanche
Better imagery will emerge in the coming days.
There is an interesting interview with the chief geologist of the Tyrol, Thoms Figl, online in German. He notes that:
“[He] sees disappearing permafrost as a possible trigger for the massive landslide – for which climate change is said to be responsible. That would not be a good sign for the future, because the ice is urgently needed as ‘glue’.”
The landslide is estimated to have a volume of at least 100,000 cubic metres, but this will be refined using both photogrammetry and inversion of the seismic data in due course. The seismic data has been published online by Micha Dietz – the density of the alpine seismic network means that this is an excellent dataset. The seismic data gives a precise timeframe for the event – it started at 15:05:30 local time and the run out of the landslide took two and a half minutes. Micha notes that there are distinct peaks in the seismic signal, the first of which probably relates to the impact of the rock mass with the valley floor.
Land Tirol has a page about the Flüchthorn rock avalanche, which includes a gallery of images of the source zone and track.
Reference and acknowledgement
Planet Team (2023). Planet Application Program Interface: In Space for Life on Earth. San Francisco, CA. https://www.planet.com/