Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 203–211 | Cite as

Lineaments and seismicity of Kerala — a remote sensing based analysis

  • K Ganesha Raj
  • M A Paul
  • V S Hegde
  • R Nijagunappa


Seismically active lineaments of Kerala State were identified by correlating the lineaments mapped using IRS LISS-I data with the earthquake occurrences. There are 31 earthquake incidences in Kerala since 1821, out of which 22 are falling on/close to 9 major lineaments/faults (length more than 20 km) indicating the possible correlation between lineaments/faults and earthquakes. It was observed that the earthquake occurrences are mostly associated with the NNW-SSE to NW-SE trending lineaments (6 out of 9 lineaments), which are considered to be formed sympathetic to the West Coast Fault. Hence, there is a need to monitor these seismically active lineaments using advanced techniques such as GPS, SAR Interferometry etc. for better understanding of the influence of these lineaments on the seismic activities of Kerala.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K Ganesha Raj
    • 1
  • M A Paul
    • 1
  • V S Hegde
    • 1
  • R Nijagunappa
    • 2
  1. 1.EOS/NNRMS, ISRO HqBangalore
  2. 2.Environmental Science DepartmentGulbarga UniversityKarnataka State

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