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.
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