SEISMS: Scientific Exploration of Induced SeisMicity and Stress

Applying the Rangely experiment

Fault zone drilling is the only way to probe the physical causes of earthquake slip and arrest. As earthquakes are impossible to predict, instrumenting a fault and then inducing an earthquake is a plausible way of capturing an earthquake within a network of instruments. This project could address many of the outstanding problems in earthquake science including: How do earthquakes nucleate? How do they propagate? Why do they arrest? Furthermore, a fluid-injection experiment would allow for better understanding of the problem of unwanted anthropogenic induced seismicity that is currently associated with petroleum, geothermal, and carbon sequestration activities by more clearly articulating what conditions are necessary and sufficient for inducing earthquakes.

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