Micro-Earthquake At Kilauea East Rift Geothermal Area (Thomas, 1986)

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Exploration Activity: Micro-Earthquake At Kilauea East Rift Geothermal Area (Thomas, 1986)

Exploration Activity Details
Location Kilauea East Rift Geothermal Area
Exploration Technique Micro-Earthquake
Activity Date 1978 - 1987
Usefulness not indicated
DOE-funding Unknown

Exploration Basis
This study was conducted as part of the Geothermal Resources Assessment Program initiated in 1978
Microseismic and ground noise studies were conducted along the East Rift Zone. The objective of this study was to identify areas where earthquake activity could be due to rock fracturing from cold water coming into contact with heated reservoir rocks. One of the surveys utilized an array of seven seismometers and monitored earthquake activity near the well HGP-A. Another study utilized two seismometers located near the junction of the Pahoa-Kalapana and Opihikao Roads. The frequency of microseismic events during these studies averaged 8.5 events per day.


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