Seismic baseline and induction studies- Roosevelt Hot Springs, Utah and Raft River, Idaho

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Report: Seismic baseline and induction studies- Roosevelt Hot Springs, Utah and Raft River, Idaho

Abstract
Local seismic networks were established at the Roosevelt Hot Springs geothermal area, utah and at Raft River geothermal area, Idaho to monitor the background seismicity prior to initiation of geothermal power production. The Raft River study area is currently seismically quiet down to the level of approximately magnitude one. The Roosevelt Hot Springs area has low-level seismic activity for M/sub L/ greater than about two; however, microearthquake (M/sub L/ less than or equal to 2) swarms appear to be relatively common. One swarm occurred adjacent to the Roosevelt geothermal area during the summer of 1981. From June 27 to August 28, 1044 microearthquakes (M/sub L/ less than or equal to 1.5) were recorded from which 686 earthquakes were located and analysed. The main cluster of microearthquakes was located about 2 km east of the production field at a depth of about 5 km. A few small events were located in the production field at shallow depths (< 2 km). Three of the four largest earthquakes in the swarm (M/sub L/ 1.5-2.0) were located 4 to 5 km further east along a n-NW trend beneath the flank of the adjacent Mineral Mountains. Focal mechanism solutions indicate primarily normal faulting due to the regional E-W extension which characterizes this portion of the eastern Basin and Range province. Hence, the Mineral Mountain swarm appears to be a natural release of tectonic stress in this area. Nevertheless, the occurrence of natural earthquake swarms indicates a potential for induced seismicity at Roosevelt Hot Springs after major production operations are initiated.

Authors 
Zandt, G.; Mcpherson, L.; Schaff, S.; Olsen and S.  








Published 
DOE Information Bridge, 5/1/1982





DOI 
10.2172/6396329


 

Citation

Zandt, G.; Mcpherson, L.; Schaff, S.; Olsen, S.  . 5/1/1982. Seismic baseline and induction studies- Roosevelt Hot Springs, Utah and Raft River, Idaho. (!) : DOE Information Bridge.