Magnetotelluric study of the Remiremont-Epinal-Rambervillers zone of migrating seismicity, Vosges (France)

Sylvain Bourlange and Mahmoud Mekkawi and Marianne Conin and Pierre-Andre Schnegg. ( 2012 )
in: BULLETIN DE LA SOCIETE GEOLOGIQUE DE FRANCE, 183:5 (461-470)

Abstract

The magnetotelluric method has been used to image the deep electrical structure of the Remiremont-Epinal-Rambervillers region in the French Vosges Massif, which has presented a significant seismic activity in the past decades. Several earthquakes of moderate magnitude (up to 5.1) occurred in this area with a systematic migration along a nearly N-S direction. Inversion of the magnetotelluric data reveals zones of high electrical conductivity. A large conductive body presents a significative spatial correlation with the region that was most recently affected by earthquakes. This conductive body is interpreted as a consequence of the presence of a fluid filled basement fault network in proximity to the zone affected by the last seismic crisis, where fluid pressure diffusion takes place for several years after the main shock and participates in maintaining a microseismic activity.

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    @ARTICLE{ISI:000311523100005,
        author = { Bourlange, Sylvain and Mekkawi, Mahmoud and Conin, Marianne and Schnegg, Pierre-Andre },
         title = { Magnetotelluric study of the Remiremont-Epinal-Rambervillers zone of migrating seismicity, Vosges (France) },
       journal = { BULLETIN DE LA SOCIETE GEOLOGIQUE DE FRANCE },
        volume = { 183 },
        number = { 5 },
          year = { 2012 },
         pages = { 461-470 },
          issn = { 0037-9409 },
      abstract = { The magnetotelluric method has been used to image the deep electrical structure of the Remiremont-Epinal-Rambervillers region in the French Vosges Massif, which has presented a significant seismic activity in the past decades. Several earthquakes of moderate magnitude (up to 5.1) occurred in this area with a systematic migration along a nearly N-S direction. Inversion of the magnetotelluric data reveals zones of high electrical conductivity. A large conductive body presents a significative spatial correlation with the region that was most recently affected by earthquakes. This conductive body is interpreted as a consequence of the presence of a fluid filled basement fault network in proximity to the zone affected by the last seismic crisis, where fluid pressure diffusion takes place for several years after the main shock and participates in maintaining a microseismic activity. }
    }