EGU21-5495, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Seasonal trends of reservoir-triggered seismicity in Song Tranh 2 reservoir, Vietnam

Grzegorz Lizurek1, Konstantinos Leptokaropoulos2, Jan Wiszniowski1, Izabela Nowaczyńska1, Nguyen Van Giang3, Beata Plesiewicz1, and Dinh Quoc Van3
Grzegorz Lizurek et al.
  • 1Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Seismology, Warszawa, Poland (
  • 2Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  • 3Institute of Geophysics, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (IGP VAST)

Reservoir-triggered seismicity (RTS) is the longest known anthropogenic seismicity type. It has the potential to generate seismic events of M6 and bigger. Previous studies of this phenomenon have proved that major events are triggered on preexisting major discontinuities, forced to slip by stress changes induced by water level fluctuations and/or pore-pressure changes in the rock mass in the vicinity of reservoirs. Song Tranh 2 is an artificial water reservoir located in Central Vietnam. Its main goal is back up the water for hydropower plant. High seismic activity has been observed in this area since the reservoir was first filled in 2011. The relation between water level and seismic activity in the Song Tranh area is complex, and the lack of clear correlation between water level and seismic activity has led to the conclusion that ongoing STR2 seismic activity is an example of the delayed response type of RTS. However, the first phase of the activity observed after impoundment has been deemed a rapid response type. In this work, we proved that the seismicity recorded between 2013 and 2016 manifested seasonal trends related to water level changes during wet and dry seasons. The response of activity and its delay with respect to water level changes suggest that the main triggering factor is pore pressure change due to the significant water level changes observed. A stress orientation difference between low and high water periods is also revealed. The findings indicate that water load and related pore pressure changes influence seismic activity and stress orientation in this area.

This work was partially supported by research project no. 2017/27/B/ST10/01267, funded by the National Science Centre, Poland, under agreement no. UMO-2017/27/B/ST10/01267.

How to cite: Lizurek, G., Leptokaropoulos, K., Wiszniowski, J., Nowaczyńska, I., Van Giang, N., Plesiewicz, B., and Quoc Van, D.: Seasonal trends of reservoir-triggered seismicity in Song Tranh 2 reservoir, Vietnam, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-5495,, 2021.