New study on fluid-driven tectonic and anthropogenic seismic activity at the Larderello-Travale geothermal field

Recently, some geothermal projects have attracted public attention for the hypothesis that they could produce moderate to high magnitude earthquakes.

This study has shown how the micro-seismicity that occurs during drilling in high pressure and high temperature conditions can remain at low magnitude -if correctly handled- and that geothermal wells in supercritical conditions can be managed safely despite the extreme conditions found at depth.

Full bibliographic information: Minetto, R., Montanari, D., Planès, T., Bonini, M., Del Ventisette, C., Antunes, V., & Lupi, M. (2020). Tectonic and anthropogenic microseismic activity while drilling toward supercritical conditions in the Larderello-Travale geothermal field, Italy. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 125, e2019JB018618. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JB018618.

For further information please contact Domenico Montanari, CNR-IGG (domenico.montanari(at)igg.cnr(dot)it).

Further references:

https://www.wired.com/story/want-unlimited-clean-energy-just-drill-the-worlds-hottest-well/

https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Item-Display/ItemId/189022?returnurl=https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Item-Display/ItemId/189022