Electric effects induced by artificial seismic sources at Somma-Vesuvius volcano

Rosa Di Maio, Gianpaolo Cecere, Prospero De Martino, Ester Piegari

Abstract


In this paper, we present a series of self-potential measurements at Somma-Vesuvius volcanic area acquired in conjunction with an active seismic tomography survey. The aim of our study is both to provide further confirmation to the occurrence of seismo-electric coupling and to identify sites suitable for self-potential signal monitoring at Somma-Vesuvius district. The data, which were collected along two perpendicular dipoles, show significant changes on the natural electric field pattern. These variations, attributable to electrokinetic processes triggered by the artificial seismic waves, were observed after explosions occurred at a distance less than 5 km from the SP dipole arrays. In particular, we found that the NW-SE component of the natural electric field was more sensible to the shots than the NE-SW one, and the major effects did not correspond to the nearest shots. Such evidences were interpreted considering the underground electrical properties as deduced by previous detailed resistivity and self-potential surveys performed in the study area.


Keywords


Seismo-electric effects; Controlled seismic sources; Self-potential monitoring; Somma-Vesuvius volcano

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.4401/ag-6451
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