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Source spectral properties of small-to-moderate earthquakes in southern Kansas

Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth

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https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JB014649

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Abstract

The source spectral properties of injection-induced earthquakes give insight into their nucleation, rupture processes, and influence on ground motion. Here we apply a spectral decomposition approach to analyze P-wave spectra and estimate Brune-type stress drop for more than 2000 ML1.5–5.2 earthquakes occurring in southern Kansas from 2014 to 2016. We find that these earthquakes are characterized by low stress drop values (median ∼0.4MPa) compared to natural seismicity in California. We observe a significant increase in stress drop as a function of depth, but the shallow depth distribution of these events is not by itself sufficient to explain their lower stress drop. Stress drop increases with magnitude from M1.5–M3.5, but this scaling trend may weaken above M4 and also depends on the assumed source model. Although we observe a nonstationary, sequence-specific temporal evolution in stress drop, we find no clear systematic relation with the activity of nearby injection wells.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Source spectral properties of small-to-moderate earthquakes in southern Kansas
Series title:
Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth
DOI:
10.1002/2017JB014649
Edition:
Online First
Year Published:
2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union
Contributing office(s):
Earthquake Science Center
Country:
United States
State:
Kansas