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Response to major earthquakes affecting Gemini twins
Author(s): Michiel van der Hoeven; Rolando Rogers; Mathew Rippa; Gabriel Perez; Vanessa Montes; Cristian Moreno
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Paper Abstract

Both Gemini telescopes, in Hawaii and Chile, are located in highly seismic active areas. That means that the seismic protection is included in the structural design of the telescope, instruments and auxiliary structure. We will describe the specific design features to reduce permanent damage in case of major earthquakes. At this moment both telescopes have been affected by big earthquakes in 2006 and 2015 respectively. There is an opportunity to compare the original design to the effects that are caused by these earthquakes and analyze their effectiveness.

The paper describes the way the telescopes responded to these events, the damage that was caused, how we recovered from it, the modifications we have done to avoid some of this damage in future occasions, and lessons learned to face this type of events. Finally we will cover on how we pretend to upgrade the limited monitoring tools we currently have in place to measure the impact of earthquakes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2016
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99100R (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232161
Show Author Affiliations
Michiel van der Hoeven, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Rolando Rogers, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Mathew Rippa, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Gabriel Perez, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Vanessa Montes, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Cristian Moreno, Gemini Observatory (Chile)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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