Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Research article
09 May 2017
Research article |  | 09 May 2017

Coseismic displacements of the 14 November 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura, New Zealand, earthquake using the Planet optical cubesat constellation

Andreas Kääb, Bas Altena, and Joseph Mascaro

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Avouac, J. P., Ayoub, F., Wei, S. J., Ampuero, J. P., Meng, L. S., Leprince, S., Jolivet, R., Duputel, Z., and Helmberger, D.: The 2013, Mw 7.7 Balochistan earthquake, energetic strike-slip reactivation of a thrust fault, Earth Planet. Sc. Lett., 391, 128–134,, 2014.
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We evaluate for the first time a new class of optical satellite images for measuring Earth surface displacements due to earthquakes – images from cubesats. The PlanetScope cubesats used in this study are 10 cm × 10 cm × 30 cm small and standardized satellites. Around 120 of these cubesats orbit around Earth and are about to provide daily 2–4 m resolution images of the entire land surface of the Earth.
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