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Fault Activation and Earthquake Rupture

Project description

Fault stimulation and earthquake initiation

Although earthquakes represent a significant danger for human societies, there is as yet no method to predict them. A better understanding of the phenomena and their intensity can make society more resistant to catastrophic earthquakes. However, the lack of proper experimental facilities for observing the earthquake process at close distance has prevented further understanding. A new underground experimental establishment in the Bedretto tunnel in the Swiss Alps offers the opportunity to conduct fault stimulation and earthquake nucleation experiments at depths and pressures not possible until now. The EU-funded FEAR project will perform the first-ever programme to execute controlled 50-100-metre scale fault stimulation experiments in underground rock at over 1 000 metres depth and precondition the stress distribution of the fault to execute real-time experiments.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-SyG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-SyG - Synergy grant

Host institution

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 11 748 500

Beneficiaries (3)

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 11 748 500
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 818 750
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 230 000
Address
Via Di Vigna Murata 605
00143 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations