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ROV Victor 6000
This picture was taken during the FOCUSX1 cruise. We can see the ROV Victor 6000, which enabled the positioning of a fiber optic cable and seafloor geodetic stations, thanks to its detailed bathymetric data acquisition.
The objective of the FOCUS (Fiber Optic Cable Use for Seafloor studies of earthquake hazard and deformation) project, funded by the ERC (European Research Council), is to study the adaptation possibilities of submarine telecommunication cables, which could prove to be a tremendous asset in large-scale seismological monitoring. The 5-year project aims to detect small (1 to 2 cm) displacements across the recently mapped North Alfeo Fault, located 20km from Catania, a 1-million-inhabitants urban area in Sicily. The studies rely on the Catania EMSO (European Multidisciplinary water-column and Seafloor Observatory) station, located in 2100 m depth and connected to land by a 25 km long electro-optical cable.
37.61535N, 37.38874S, 15.601797E, 15.214529W
2020/10/06 - 2020/10/21