Preface to the focus section on injection-induced seismicity

Seismological Research Letters
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Abstract

The ongoing, dramatic increase in seismicity in the central United States that began in 2009 is believed to be the result of injection‐induced seismicity (Ellsworth, 2013). Although the basic mechanism for activation of slip on a fault by subsurface fluid injection is well established (Healy et al., 1968Raleighet al., 1976Nicholson and Wesson, 1992McGarr et al., 2002Ellsworth, 2013), the occurrence of damaging M≥5 earthquakes and the dramatic increase in seismicity in the central United States has brought heightened attention to this issue. The elevated seismicity is confined to a limited number of areas, and accumulating evidence indicates that the seismicity in these locations is directly linked to nearby industrial operations. This Seismological Research Letters (SRL) focus section presents a selected set of seven technical papers that cover various aspects of this topic, including basic seismological and ground‐motion observations, case studies, numerical simulation of fault activation, and risk mitigation.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Preface to the focus section on injection-induced seismicity
Series title Seismological Research Letters
DOI 10.1785/0220150093
Volume 86
Issue 4
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Seismological Society of America
Publisher location El Cerrito, CA
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Description 2 p.
First page 1058
Last page 1059
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N