Mud Volcano Monitoring and Seismic Events

  • Giovanni Martinelli
  • Andrea Dadomo
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAIV, volume 51)

Abstract

Mud volcanic activity have been sometimes connected to seismicity but mudvolcanic gases and clayey waters have been poorly monitored. The lack of long-term monitoring data is due to the semi-erratic nature of mud volcanic emissions and to geological and technical constraint factors. A review of geophysical and geochemical available data has been carried out. Data confirm that mud volcanoes are confined fluids accumulations capable to work, in principle, as natural strain-meters. The absence of reliable long-term data sets hampers any definitive conclusions on the sensitivity of mud volcanoes to seismic events and evidence the need for reliable ground-based and satellite-based measuring techniques.

Key words

earthquake precursors automatic monitoring confined fluids mud volcanism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Martinelli
    • 1
  • Andrea Dadomo
    • 2
  1. 1.ARPA Environmental Protection Agency of Emilia-Romagna RegionReggio EmiliaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Geological Sciences and GeotechnologyUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

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