In order to obtain in-situ information on slip zones of the 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake, the Taiwan Chelungpu-fault drilling project (TCDP) drilled two vertical boreholes (A, B) and a branch hole (C) through the fault where a displacement of 12 m had occurred. The TCDP hole A is 2 km deep, and a slip zone was identified at a depth of 1111 m. Hole B (with side track, hole C) is 1.3 km deep with an identified slip zone at 1138 m. In July 2006, a 7- level vertical borehole seismic array (TCDP BHS) was installed in hole A covering a depth from 946 m to 1274 m with 50- 60 m depth intervals. For this layout, three seismometers were placed in the hanging wall and footwall, respectively. The forth one is located at the depth of 1110.28 m, close to the identified slip zone. Microearthquakes with magnitude down to -0.5 were detected by the TCDP BHS. A temporary seismic array with 10 short period seismometers around the TCDP drill site was also installed to incorporate with the TCDP BHS for the precise locations of the microearthquakes. A real-time location software (MIMO) (Oye and Roth, 2003) was used to automatically determine P- and S-wave onset times, incidence and azimuth angles and locations of the microearthquakes. Regardless of the large co-seismic slip of 12 m at the drill site during the 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake, our preliminary studies do not show any close-by seismicity near the drill site after almost 8 years since the large earthquake happened. The microearthquakes clustered at a depth of 8-10 km, where the 30 degree dipping of the Chelungpu thrust fault becomes flat to a decollement of the Taiwan fold-and-thrust tectonic structure. As a continuous GPS survey did not observe post-slip at the large slip region, and as no seismicity was observed near the drill site, we suggest that the thrust belt above the decollement during the interseismic period seems to be locked. A Fluid Injection Test (FIT), pumping high pressure fluid into hole B and C with hole A as observation well was carried out at the TCDP boreholes in November 2006, and January, March and April, 2007 to improve the understanding of the fault permeability (Ma et al., AGU 2007 abstract). We use the monitoring data from the TCDP BHS recorded during the FIT to examine potential seismicity changes associated with FIT and the observation of potentially triggered events. The source parameters of the microearthquakes were also investigated with regard to the understanding of scaling relationships between small and large earthquakes within earthquake physics.
AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts
- Pub Date:
- December 2007
- 7215 Earthquake source observations (1240)