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Thermal energy pattern related with the temperature increasing due to intraplate and induced seismicity, Southern Norway, 2017-2018

Rodrigo Estay
Rodrigo Estay
  • Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Departamento de Ingeniería Metalúrgica y de Materiales, Chile (

Small seismological events recorded in southern Norway in the period of 2017-2018 were used to calculate the sudden co-seismic temperature increase using a simple stress-drop model. In order to estimate the net production of thermal energy, both, industry explosions and natural events were included.  The range of resultant average temperature rise, with a maximum of ~ 143 ° C for a Mw =3.5, is proposed as an additional constituent that explain the weakness areas related to the high amount of intracrustal seismicity, mainly regarding the anisotropic thermal expansion of rocks and the flash heating thermal process produced by historical earthquakes with magnitudes over . The temperature values were subsequently used to estimate the thermal energy in 2D and 3D cumulative patterns in the area, as well as the total amount of energy that is available regarding seismic activity. The results were correlated with existing geological information, considering lineaments and heat flux data. Areas with high values of thermal energy seems to be spatially linked with both high heat flux zones and high density of lineaments, mainly to the south of the Trøndelag Platform as well as to the south of the Møre basin.

How to cite: Estay, R.: Thermal energy pattern related with the temperature increasing due to intraplate and induced seismicity, Southern Norway, 2017-2018, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-10759,, 2020

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  • AC1: Clarification of authors, Rodrigo Estay, 06 May 2020

    The authors of this research are also: Claudia Pavez & Marco Brönner from the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) and Adrián Ortiz, Flavio De Babieri, Juan Patricio Ibáñez and Luis Guzmán from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM).

  • AC2: Late responses, Rodrigo Estay, 06 May 2020

    Hi everyone. I'm in Chile, so my time zone is GMT -4. This session is a little bit early in the morning for me, so I'll check the questions later.

    Thanks for your understanding.