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Remote Triggering of Damage Followed by Healing Recorded in Groundwater Pressure

Geological Survey of Israel, Jerusalem 9692100, Israel
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Academic Editors: Guangcai Wang, Nam C. Woo and Rui Yan
Water 2021, 13(24), 3656;
Received: 15 November 2021 / Revised: 16 December 2021 / Accepted: 18 December 2021 / Published: 20 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Earthquakes and Groundwater)
Water levels in three adjacent water wells in the Yarmouk Gorge area have all responded to the 2020 Elazığ Mw 6.8 teleseismic earthquake. Water levels in two aquifers exhibited reciprocal behavior: during the first eight days after the earthquake, water level decreased by 40 cm in the deeper highly confined aquifer, and increased by 90 cm in the shallower less confined aquifer. The recovery of the water levels in both aquifers continued for at least three months. We interpret these observations as reflecting the increase in damage along the fault at the Yarmouk Gorge. Ground shaking increased the damage and permeability of this fault, temporarily connecting the two aquifers, allowing flow from the deep aquifer to the shallow one. Model results showing decreased permeability suggest that the fault healed by one order of magnitude within three days. This is the first documentation of decrease in permeability in a fault zone within such short time scales. View Full-Text
Keywords: water level; remote triggering; fault zone water level; remote triggering; fault zone
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Shalev, E.; Lutzky, H.; Kurzon, I.; Lyakhovsky, V. Remote Triggering of Damage Followed by Healing Recorded in Groundwater Pressure. Water 2021, 13, 3656.

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Shalev E, Lutzky H, Kurzon I, Lyakhovsky V. Remote Triggering of Damage Followed by Healing Recorded in Groundwater Pressure. Water. 2021; 13(24):3656.

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Shalev, Eyal, Hallel Lutzky, Ittai Kurzon, and Vladimir Lyakhovsky. 2021. "Remote Triggering of Damage Followed by Healing Recorded in Groundwater Pressure" Water 13, no. 24: 3656.

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