12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
[MIS08-12] IODP Proposal for Earthquake Triggering Experiment on the Blanco Fracture Zone
Keywords:Induced Earthquakes, Blanco Fracture Zone, Earthquake Triggering
Careful monitoring of seismicity, water pressure and fluid movement associated with triggering of both small and larger earthquakes will provide unique new information about the stress conditions and initiation of the induced earthquakes. We will address scientific issues related to the spatial and temporal triggering of earthquakes from the stress forcing due to water injection. One important aspect is investigation of the dependence of the maximum size of a triggered event on the local stress conditions, which is an important unsolved problem for trying to evaluate the seismic hazard from induced earthquakes. Sampling the transform fault to obtain physical rock properties, such as frictional strength and permeability is an important component of the project. Relating the observed fault properties to the spatial and temporal aspects of the earthquake triggering, has high potential for obtaining a better understanding of physical mechanisms of earthquakes initiation and occurrence. All of these seismological topics are also relevant to naturally occurring earthquakes, so the experiment will address fundamental issues in understanding the physical mechanisms of all earthquakes.