Seismicity triggered by fluid injection-induced aseismic slip

Yves Guglielmi, Frédéric Cappa, Jean Philippe Avouac, Pierre Henry, Derek Elsworth

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Anthropogenic fluid injections are known to induce earthquakes. The mechanisms involved are poorly understood, and our ability to assess the seismic hazard associated with geothermal energy or unconventional hydrocarbon production remains limited. We directly measure fault slip and seismicity induced by fluid injection into a natural fault. We observe highly dilatant and slow [∼4 micrometers per second (μm/s)] aseismic slip associated with a 20-fold increase of permeability, which transitions to faster slip (∼10 μm/s) associated with reduced dilatancy and micro-earthquakes. Most aseismic slip occurs within the fluid-pressurized zone and obeys a rate-strengthening friction law μ = 0.67+0.045ln (Formula presented.) with v0 = 0.1μm/s. Fluid injection primarily triggers aseismic slip in this experiment, with micro-earthquakes being an indirect effect mediated by aseismic creep.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1224-1226
Number of pages3
Issue number6240
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 12 Jun 2015


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