6 juin - Début des acquisitions

June 6, 2024

The R/V Pourquoi pas ? left the port of Kingston, Jamaica 4 days ago, and in just a few short days, we have already accomplished so much.

Our first day of data collection in the Windward Passage began June 3, just above the trace of the Oriente-Septentrional Fault. Unfortunately, we were not recording any data during the first hour or so, and it took us several hours to repair the issue. But we continued on, with our work and our profiling of the fault, in the hope that we could return later to recapture the data that we missed.

Since yesterday, we have been deploying short-period seismometers along a profile more than 380 km that crosses both the Oriente-Septentrional and Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Faults. In the coming days, we will be imaging these fault systems.

On the subject of life on board, I would just say that even in the 21st century we are still using non-digital tools to follow our work plan (see photo), despite all the electronics we have in the Science control room on board the R/V Pourquoi pas ? that can tell us everything from where we are and the direction we are heading to the wind speed and how deep the water is beneath us. And it’s rather fun to just get back to the basics sometimes.