Microearthquakes- Prospecting Tool And Possible Hazard In The Development Of Geothermal Resources

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Journal Article: Microearthquakes- Prospecting Tool And Possible Hazard In The Development Of Geothermal Resources

Abstract
Microearthquakes have been observed near many major geothermal areas around the world. Where detailed data are available, there is a close spatial relationship between microearthquakes and geothermal activity. Earthquakes with magnitudes greater than about 4.5, however, are rarely observed in geothermal areas. Locations of microearthquakes can be used to locate active faults that may channel hot water toward the surface. Earthquakes provide some risk in the development of geothermal regions since during an earthquake the flow of thermal fluid can be enhanced or slowed and structures can be damaged. Modification of reservoir fluid pressure may influence the earthquake activity.

Author 
P. L. Ward








Published Journal 
Geothermics, 1972





DOI 
10.1016/0375-6505(72)90003-X


 

Citation

P. L. Ward. 1972. Microearthquakes- Prospecting Tool And Possible Hazard In The Development Of Geothermal Resources. Geothermics. (!) .