Articles | Volume 6, issue 5
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 6, 745–753, 2006

Special issue: Seismo-tectonic electromagnetic effects, precursory phenomena...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 6, 745–753, 2006

  23 Aug 2006

23 Aug 2006

Global diagnostics of the ionospheric perturbations related to the seismic activity using the VLF radio signals collected on the DEMETER satellite

O. Molchanov1, A. Rozhnoi1, M. Solovieva1, O. Akentieva2, J. J. Berthelier3, M. Parrot4, F. Lefeuvre4, P. F. Biagi5, L. Castellana5, and M. Hayakawa6 O. Molchanov et al.
  • 1Institute of the Earth Physics, RAS, Moscow, Russia
  • 2Institute of Space Research, RAS, Moscow, Russia
  • 3Institute CETP, Paris, France
  • 4LPCE/CNRS, Orleans, France
  • 5Department of Physics, University of Bari, Bari, Italy
  • 6University of Electro-Communications, Chofu-Tokyo, Japan

Abstract. The analysis of the VLF signals radiated by ground transmitters and received on board of the French DEMETER satellite, reveals a drop of the signals (scattering spot) connected with the occurrence of large earthquakes. The extension of the "scattering spots" zone is large enough (1000–5000 km) and, probably, it increases with the magnitude of the "relative" earthquake. A possible model to explain the phenomenology, based on the acoustic gravity waves and the ionosphere turbulence, is proposed. The method of diagnostics applied to this study has the advantage to be a global one due to the world wide location of the powerful VLF transmitters and of the satellite reception. However, a specific disadvantage exists because the method requires rather a long time period of analysis due to the large longitudinal displacements among the successive satellite orbits. At the moment, at least, one month seems to be necessary.