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Titel (primär) Earthquake swarms in non-volcanic regions: what fluids have to say
Autor Bräuer, K.; Kämpf, H.; Strauch, G.;
Journal / Serie Geophysical Research Letters
Erscheinungsjahr 2009
Department HDG;
Band/Volume 36
Sprache englisch;
Abstract The detailed processes generating earthquake swarms are complex and not fully understood. Most earthquake swarms occur in volcanic regions and mid-ocean rifts. Here, we report new 3He/4He data of free gases monitored at CO2-rich degassing locations close to the Nový Kostel focal zone (NKFZ) located in the western Eger rift. The NKFZ is known for the recurrence of earthquake swarms at which the focal zone ranges between 6 and 12 km depth. At degassing locations neighboring to the NKFZ a progressive increase of mantle-derived helium has been observed during the last 15 years - actually the highest 3He/4He ratios (>6 Ra) in Central Europe. The 3He/4He anomalies indicate hidden magmatic activity. We assume that the latest strong earthquake swarm in October 2008 was initiated by a hidden magma intrusion process from the upper mantle into the lower crust that has been indicated by a three month lasting increase of the 3He/4He ratios in spring 2006 at all degassing locations near the NKFZ.
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Bräuer, K., Kämpf, H., Strauch, G. (2009):
Earthquake swarms in non-volcanic regions: what fluids have to say
Geophys. Res. Lett. 36 , L17309