This week I met some other REU students for the materials science (physics and chemistry). Monday was their first day and all of them are in Oregon for the summer, at U of O. They invited me to take some field trips with them throughout the summer, so we’ll see how that goes.
This week we are getting into analyzing the earthquake data. Right now we will see if there is any correlation with earth tides triggering earthquakes. The data we are studying has been filtered based on the time the earthquakes occured over roughly a 30 year period. What we are expecting to see is some evidence earthquakes occur more frequently when the tides are strong (every 12 hours, depending on the tide we are studying) and plot this data on a Schuster plot. We have not factored in the pressure data from nearby injection wells, or fault orientations, but this will give us an idea if earthquakes can be triggered by earth tides.
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