Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 175, Issue 8, pp 2821–2835 | Cite as

Temporal Relationship Between Injection Rates and Induced Seismicity

  • Josef Vlček
  • Leo Eisner
  • Tony Alfredo Stabile
  • Luciano Telesca


Normalized cross-correlation of effective functions was originally developed to differentiate induced and natural seismicity. We apply this methodology to data sets acquired during hydraulic stimulation of shale gas to study temporal relationship between seismicity and the injection. Delays of seismicity induced by hydraulic fracturing are compared with delays of seismicity related to changes of the water level in a dam. A new observation is made; we show that seismicity induced by hydraulic fracturing and measured by the normalized cross-correlation can have very positive to even short negative delay after the injection. We explain this observation by rapid decline of induced seismicity after decrease of injection. On the contrary, we show that the seismicity triggered by water impounding in a dam is characterized by longer delays due to much greater distance between lake and the induced seismicity. We show how it is possible to measure the delay by the cross-correlation methodology despite periodicity of the signals.


Hydraulic stimulation microseismicity cross-correlation induced seismicity 



Authors are grateful to Conoco-Phillips and Newfield Exploration Mid-Continent Inc. for providing the data sets. The authors acknowledge the financial support from CNR-CAS 2016–2018 Common Project. The research benefited also of the financial support of the INSIEME project of the SIR-MIUR program (Grant RBSI14MN31). This work was carried out thanks to the support of the long-term conceptual development research organization grant RVO 67985891.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics, Czech Academy of SciencesPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Faculty of ScienceCharles University in PraguePragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.CNR, Institute of Methodologies for Environmental AnalysisTitoItaly

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