Journal Article

Comparative analysis of the impact of geological activity on the structural design of telescope facilities in the Canary Islands, Hawaii and Chile

A. Eff-Darwich, B. García-Lorenzo, J. A. Rodriguez-Losada, J. de la Nuez, L. E. Hernández-Gutiérrez and M. C. Romero-Ruiz

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 407, issue 3, pages 1361-1375
Published in print September 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online September 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.16925.x
Comparative analysis of the impact of geological activity on the structural design of telescope facilities in the Canary Islands, Hawaii and Chile

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An analysis of the impact of seismic and volcanic activity has been carried out at selected astronomical sites, namely the observatories of El Teide (Tenerife, Canary Islands), Roque de los Muchachos (La Palma, Canary Islands), Mauna Kea (Hawaii) and Paranal (Chile), and the candidate site of Cerro Ventarrones (Chile). Hazard associated with volcanic activity is low or negligible at all sites, whereas seismic hazard is very high in Chile and Hawaii. The lowest geological hazard in both seismic and volcanic activity is found at Roque de los Muchachos observatory, on the island of La Palma.

Keywords: site testing; telescopes

Journal Article.  11287 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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