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Authors: Chiaraluce, Lauro* 
Collettini, Cristiano* 
Cattaneo, Marco* 
Monachesi, Giancarlo* 
Title: The shallow boreholes at The AltotiBerina near fault Observatory (TABOO; northern Apennines of Italy)
Issue Date: 2014
Series/Report no.: / 17 (2014)
DOI: 10.5194/sd-17-31-2014
Keywords: Boreholes
Altotiberina fault
Near Fault Observatory
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.01. Earthquake faults: properties and evolution 
Abstract: As part of an interdisciplinary research project, funded by the European Research Council and addressing the mechanics of weak faults, we drilled three 200–250 m-deep boreholes and installed an array of seismometers. The array augments TABOO (The AltotiBerina near fault ObservatOry), a scientific infrastructure managed by the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. The observatory, which consists of a geophysical network equipped with multi-sensor stations, is located in the northern Apennines (Italy) and monitors a large and active low-angle normal fault. The drilling operations started at the end of 2011 and were completed by July 2012. We instrumented the boreholes with three-component short-period (2 Hz) passive instruments at different depths. The seismometers are now fully operational and collecting waveforms characterised by a very high signal to noise ratio that is ideal for studying microearthquakes. The resulting increase in the detection capability of the seismic network will allow for a broader range of transients to be identified.
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