Kivu Seismological Network (KivuSnet)


KivuSNet represents the first dense broadband seismic network installed in the Kivu Rift region, which is located in the bordering region of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Here the active volcanoes Nyamulagira (the most active in Africa) and Nyiragongo (host to the largest persistent lava lake on Earth) threaten the city of Goma and neighbouring agglomerations, and destructive earthquakes can also affect the region. The deployement started with the first stations in 2012/2013 and since October 2015, 13 stations are operated with real-time data transmission. The development of KivuSNet has been carried out in the framework of several research projects and is in particular associated with the project REmote Sensing and In Situ detection and Tracking of geohazards (RESIST), funded by the Belgian Science Policy and the National Research Fund of Luxembourg. KivuSNet aims at opening a new window for the seismological knowledge in this highly active rifting region, allowing for unprecedented insights into tectonic and volcanic seismicity, tremor patterns and Earth structure as well as for sustainable real-time monitoring of the volcanoes in the area. Together with the often co-located KivuGNet geodetic stations, KivuSNet closes a dramatic observational gap in this region. Waveform data is available from the GEOFON data centre, under network code KV, and is embargoed.

Metadata Access
Creator Barrière, Julien;Kervyn, François;de Dieu Birigande, Jean;Oth, Adrien;Fiama, Silvamos;Celli, Gilles;Ntenge, Alain Joseph;Mavonga, Georges;d’Oreye, Nicolas;Subira, Josue;Mashagiro, Niche;Kafundu, Benjamin
Publisher Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ
Contributor European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology (ECGS);GEOFON Data Centre;GEOFON Data Centre;;Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ;National Museum for Natural History (Mnhn), Luxembourg;Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), Belgium;Goma Volcano Observatory (GVO), Democratic Republic of the Congo;Rwanda Natural Resources Authority (RNRA), Rwanda;Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles (CSRN), Democratic Republic of the Congo;Université du Burundi, Burundi
Publication Year 2013
Contact Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ
Language English
Resource Type Seismic Network;Seismic Network
Format SEED data
Discipline Not stated
Spatial Coverage (3 S-1 S,28E-30E)
Temporal Point 2012-01-01T11:59:59Z