Delayed dynamic triggering of disposal-induced earthquakes observed by a dense array in Northern Oklahoma

Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth
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Abstract

Recent increases in earthquake occurrence rates in Oklahoma have been linked to the injection of large volumes of saltwater, a byproduct of oil and gas extraction. Here we present a detailed study of remote earthquake triggering in an area of active injection‐induced seismicity in northern Oklahoma using data from the LArge‐n Seismic Survey in Oklahoma (LASSO) temporary array and nearby permanent broadband seismic stations. We estimate changes in earthquake rates and calculate the Coulomb failure stress changes on potential receiver faults due to passing teleseismic surface waves. A statistically significant increase in seismicity is observed ∼8 hr after the 16 April 2016 Mw 7.8 Ecuador earthquake. The Coulomb stress changes associated with the Ecuador earthquake are on the order of ∼1 kPa. Physical mechanisms consistent with the observed dynamic stress threshold include failure driven by activation of aseismic slip or hydrological response of the fault system.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Delayed dynamic triggering of disposal-induced earthquakes observed by a dense array in Northern Oklahoma
Series title Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth
DOI 10.1029/2018JB017150
Volume 124
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Description 16 p.
Country United States
State Oklahoma