Very-long-period volcanic earthquakes beneath Mammoth Mountain, California

Geophysical Research Letters
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Abstract

Detection of three very‐long‐period (VLP) volcanic earthquakes beneath Mammoth Mountain emphasizes that magmatic processes continue to be active beneath this young, eastern California volcano. These VLP earthquakes, which occurred in October 1996 and July and August 2000, appear as bell‐shaped pulses with durations of one to two minutes on a nearby borehole dilatometer and on the displacement seismogram from a nearby broadband seismometer. They are accompanied by rapid‐fire sequences of high‐frequency (HF) earthquakes and several long‐period (LP) volcanic earthquakes. The limited VLP data are consistent with a CLVD source at a depth of ∼3 km beneath the summit, which we interpret as resulting from a slug of fluid (CO2–saturated magmatic brine or perhaps basaltic magma) moving into a crack.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Very-long-period volcanic earthquakes beneath Mammoth Mountain, California
Series title Geophysical Research Letters
DOI 10.1029/2002GL014833
Volume 29
Issue 10
Year Published 2002
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Contributing office(s) Volcano Hazards Program
Description 4 p.
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial Mammoth Mountain