Changes to my geophone network next year


I have made the following decision on the future of my geophone network that I am currently running in Iceland. Next year (2016) I am going to do the following changes to it.

  • Böðvarshólar geophone station is going to be closed down in 2016 (late that year). It has been on-line since 2012 (3 years). There are also changes coming to the place where the geophone is hosted, so I don’t think that I can have it anyway longer then until 2017 or 2018 because of that. There already have changes happened creating problems for me, but since I am at the location I have managed to fix it temporary.
  • Heklubyggð geophone station is going to remain on-line for the time being. How long that is going to last I do not know. Since it depends on the owner where the geophone is hosted. I hope it is going to be on-line for few more years. It has been on-line since 2008 (7 years).
  • I have cancelled the setting up of new geophone station in Hvammstangi. I was unable to find good location and the cost of starting it would be high and it would only be on-line for a short period of time.
  • There is going to be a geophone in Hvammstangi for the time I am going to be living there (until 2017 or 2018, maybe shorter time period if I am lucky). That geophone is the one I have at home.

Cost of running a 3G internet connection has also been going up in the past few years in Iceland and I am expecting that to continue. Along with the difficulty that I have to deal with problems if a geophone station fails for any reasons, that being a software or hardware. It was also clear from the start when I started this project that I would not be able to continue it forever. I simply do not have the resources to do so or the time. The direction of my live has also been changing in past few years and I found my place in Denmark (this is Padborg) and I plan on living there for good once I move to Denmark in the year 2017 or 2018 (hopefully sooner). I made the decision on moving to Denmark in the year 2007. I was not sure in the beginning where to stay for good, that issue has now been resolved.

I won’t stop recording earthquakes even if I move to Denmark. It is just going to be different since Denmark doesn’t have a lot of earthquakes (1 – 3 earthquakes a year during a busy year). I plan on focusing on detecting distant earthquakes around the world in Denmark. I plan on buying Volksmeter one day (two channel costs $2000 / 1.841,83€) to record distant earthquakes in Denmark.

Permanently closed down websites

Please note that I have closed down the following websites permanently.

Europe geology

Canary Island geology

Falkland Island geology

The websites are going to stay up for some time until I delete them. I don’t plan on bringing them back since there was never high traffic on this websites even if something was going on in the areas they covered (Europe, Canary Islands and Falkland Islands).

Possibility of a new website

I am currently considering opening up a new website covering large earthquakes around world. I haven’t made up my mind yet. If I open up that website it is going to be on its own domain and not a sub-website of as this website currently is. I don’t know what the interest level is for a such website is yet. There are many websites that cover large earthquakes already on the internet. This website would be English only if I start it.


4 Replies to “Changes to my geophone network next year”

  1. For those of you wondering about Denmark and Padborg. I have always liked Denmark since I first got there in 1996 (short trip) and back in 2007 (short trip). What did happen in Padborg is that it became my home in the two years that I lived there and I plan on living there again, since it is my home and I now feel homesick for it. I’ve never felt this regarding Hvammstangi or Iceland, for the past two years I just never felt it homesickness regarding Iceland or Hvammstangi.

    Before I can move back to Padborg and Denmark I need to pay my overdraft and collect money of around 500.000,00 ISK (3.398,12€), this is absolute minimal amount that I need to collect before I can move back (current exchange rate). My overdraft is high, but with summer job and work in slaughter house in Hvammstangi (seasonal job) I hope to pay the overdraft down before the year 2015 ends. It is going to take longer if I don’t manage to get a apartment in Hvammstangi since that means I won’t be able to work during the summer and next fall.

    It would also be nice to win some amount in the lottery to speed up this process, but I don’t hold my breath over such chances at the moment.

    Update: The amount of money I need to collect is about 13.000,00 DKK [apartment insurance, first month rent] (1,742.38€) and around 200.000 ISK (1.359,25€. Current exchange rate is 1€ = 147 ISK) for transport of my belongings to Denmark. This is just a current estimate, cost might change with time (transport cost). I don’t expect rental cost to change in next few years. The amount that I need to collect before I can move back to Denmark has been going slightly down as I look better into it. I am thankful for that, since that means I can move back to Denmark sooner then I thought. I won’t rest until I am back to Padborg, Denmark.

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  2. Good luck! My boyfriend and I are in the process of starting our own automotive repair business. Money is tight and it feels like you’ll never get there…I can sympathize.

  3. I think global earthquakes are important and I welcome your global earthquake webpage idea. Experts that study long term natural cycles suggest we are entering a period of increasing earthquakes with 2020 as a peak;
    Spectral coherence between climate oscillations and the M ≥ 7 earthquake historical
    worldwide record
    We compare the NOAA Significant Earthquake Historical database versus typical climatic indices and the length of the day (LOD). The Pacific Decadal
    Oscillation (PDO) record is mainly adopted because most of the analyzed earthquakes occurred at the land boundaries of the Pacific Plate. The NOAA
    catalog contains information on destructive earthquakes. Using advanced spectral and magnitude squared coherence methodologies, we found that the
    magnitude \(M\ge 7\) earthquake annual frequency and the PDO record share common frequencies at about 9-, 20-, and 50- to 60-year periods, which
    are typically found in climate records and among the solar and lunar harmonics. The two records are negatively correlated at the 20- and 50- to 60-year
    timescales and positively correlated at the 9-year and lower timescales. We use a simple harmonic model to forecast the \(M\ge 7\) significant earthquake
    annual frequency for the next decades. The next 15 years should be characterized by a relatively high \(M\ge 7\) earthquake activity (on average 10–12
    occurrences per year) with possible maxima in 2020 and 2030 and a minimum in the 2040s. On the 60-year scale, the LOD is found to be highly
    correlated with the earthquake record ( \(r=0.51\) for 1900–1994, and \(r=0.95\) for 1910–1970). However, the LOD variations appear to be too small to
    be the primary earthquake trigger. Our results suggest that large earthquakes are triggered by crust deformations induced by, and/or linked to climatic and
    oceanic oscillations induced by astronomical forcings, which also regulate the LOD.

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