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St. Kitts - Monitoring

Since 1957, Mt Liamuiga has been monitored continuously by a single short-period seismograph1 station at Bayfords Farm, 8 km southeast of the crater. Geothermal activity is also being monitored for changes in location, chemistry, temperature and vigour. Ground deformation is monitored using a GPS2 network of 7 stations, 4 at the periphery, 2 on the flanks and one on the summit of Mt. Liamuiga.


Monitoring Network, St. Kitts.


Glossary

1 Seismograph. A group of instruments used to record earthquakes. A seismograph includes a seismometer as well as all equipment used to convert, transmit and display the signals generated by the seismometer.

2 GPS. GPS stands for Global Positioning System. This is a geophysical technique used to accurately determine the locations of specific points in three dimensions. Very small (mm scale) changes in the locations of these points can be recorded over time.