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Microearthquakes (microseismic events) are induced during hydrocarbon and geothermal fluid production operations in naturally fractured reservoirs. They typically result from shear-stress release on pre-existing faults and fractures due to production/injection induced perturbations to the effective stress conditions. These stress changes may be due to reservoir depletion, flooding or stimulation operations. Over a number of years it has been shown that microseismic monitoring has the potential to provide valuable time-lapse 3D information on the geomechanical processes taking place within a reservoir. These processes include the distribution of fluid flow and pressure fronts within naturally fractured systems, production-related compaction and the...

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