12-20 July 2017
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BEXCO - Room F(201/202/203/204)

[SH108] Earthquake Studies Using a LAGO Water Cherenkov Detector in Ecuador


  • Felipe NAVARRO

Primary authors


Several studies have suggested the possibility of an interrelation between the occurrence of earthquakes and local disturbances in the geomagnetic field. On April 16, 2016, Ecuador suffered one of the strongest earthquakes in its history. One of the Latin American Giant Observatory (LAGO) water Cherenkov detectors (WCD) located in the city of Riobamba, Ecuador, was acquiring data before, during and after this seismic event. LAGO is an experiment that consists of a network of WCDs located at different altitudes and latitudes throughout Latin America, with the main purpose of studying the physics related to cosmic rays. In this work we revisit the idea, already explored by other LAGO groups, of using the data acquired by LAGO WCDs to study the interrelation between seismic phenomena and the geomagnetic field modulation of the flux of atmospheric muons originated in extensive air showers. We present the analysis strategy and preliminary results.