Introduction to Volcanic Seismology, Volume 6

2nd Edition

Authors: Vyacheslav Zobin
Paperback ISBN: 9780444563750
eBook ISBN: 9780444563767
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 14th December 2011
Page Count: 474
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

1. Introduction

1.1. Terms and Definitions

1.2. Subject of the Book

2. Seismicity at Volcanoes

2.1. History of Seismic Monitoring of Volcanic Activity

2.2. Classification of Volcanic Earthquakes

2.3. Sequences of Volcanic Earthquakes

3. Fundamentals of Volcanic Seismology

3.1. Magma Flow within the Volcanic Conduit

3.2. Experimental Studies of the Volcanic Processes and Their Applications for the Seismic Sources

3.3. General Description of the Source of Seismic Signals at Volcanoes

4. Origin of Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes

4.1. Migration of Magma and Its Seismic Potential

4.2. Volcanism and Tectonics

4.3. Source Nature of Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes

4.4. Models of Volcano-Tectonic Earthquake Sequences

5. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes at Basaltic Volcanoes

5.1. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes Associated with Shield Volcanoes

5.2. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes Associated with Stratovolcanoes

5.3. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes Associated with Fissure Eruptions

5.4. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes Associated with Caldera Collapse

5.5. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes Associated with Submarine Eruptions

6. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes at Andesitic Volcanoes

6.1. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes Associated with Volcanic “Directed Blasts”

6.2. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes Associated with Phreatic and Phreato-Magmatic Explosions

6.3. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes Associated with Lava Extrusions

6.4. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes Associated with Flank Eruptions

7. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes at Dacitic Volcanoes

7.1. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes Associated with Summit Eruptions

7.2. Volcano-Tectonic Earthquakes Associated with Flank Eruptions


Volcanic seismology represents the main, and often the only, tool to forecast volcanic eruptions and to monitor the eruption process. This book describes the main types of seismic signals at volcanoes, their nature and spatial and temporal distributions at different stages of eruptive activity. Following from the success of the first edition, published in 2003, the second edition consists of 19 chapters including significant revision and five new chapters. Organized into four sections, the book begins with an introduction to the history and topic of volcanic seismology, discussing the theoretical and experimental models that were developed for the study of the origin of volcanic earthquakes. The second section is devoted to the study of volcano-tectonic earthquakes, giving the theoretical basis for their occurrence and swarms as well as case stories of volcano-tectonic activity associated with the eruptions at basaltic, andesitic, and dacitic volcanoes. There were 40 cases of volcanic eruptions at 20 volcanoes that occurred all over the world from 1910 to 2005, which are discussed. General regularities of volcano-tectonic earthquake swarms, their participation in the eruptive process, their source properties, and the hazard of strong volcano-tectonic earthquakes are also described. The third section describes the theoretical basis for the occurrence of eruption earthquakes together with the description of volcanic tremor, the seismic signals associated with pyroclastic flows, rockfalls and lahars, and volcanic explosions, long-period and very-long-period seismic signals at volcanoes, micro-earthquake swarms, and acoustic events. The final section discuss the mitigation of volcanic hazard and include the methodology of seismic monitoring of volcanic activity, the examples of forecasting of volcanic eruptions by seismic methods, and the description of seismic activity in the regions of dormant volcanoes.

This book will be essential for students and practiti

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of seismic signals at different stages of volcano eruption.
  • Discusses dozens of case histories from around the world to provide real-world applications.
  • Illustrations accompany detailed descriptions of volcano eruptions alongside the theories involved.


Seismologists, Volcanologists, Geophysicists


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Praise for the first edition: C. Lomnitz "...This book will be on the shelves of every geophysicist. I am delighted to report that it is useful, fun to read, full of information and worth rereading." source:Natural Hazards

About the Authors

Vyacheslav Zobin Author

Dr. Vyacheslav Zobin began his scientific carrier in the Soviet Union as a research scientist at the Institute of Volcanology in Kamchatka where worked for about 30 years. Beginning from 1993, he moved to Mexico as professor and research scientist at the Volcano Observatory, University of Colima, México. During his 45-year activity in seismology and volcanology, Dr. Zobin published more than 150 research articles in the areas of volcanic seismology and seismic hazard. He published five books written in three languages: Russian, Spanish and English.

Affiliations and Expertise

Observatorio Vulcanologico, Universidad de Colima, Mexico