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Authors: Cusano, P.*
Petrosino, S.*
Saccorotti, G.*
Title: Hydrothermal origin for sustained Long-Period (LP) activity at Campi Flegrei Volcanic Complex, Italy
Title of journal: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
Series/Report no.: /177 (2008)
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 20-Nov-2008
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2008.07.019
Keywords: Campi Flegrei caldera
Long-Period earthquakes
crack model
Sompi method
gas composition
Abstract: We present a detailed analysis of the source properties of Long-Period (LP) signals recorded at Campi Flegrei Caldera (Italy) during the last (2005–2006) mini-uplift episode. Moment Tensor inversion via full-waveform modelling of broad-band seismograms indicates a crack-like source with a significant volumetric component. From auto-regressive modelling of the signal's tail we evaluate the dominant frequency and the attenuation factor of the oscillating source. Considering the acoustic properties of a fluid-filled crack, these values are consistent with the resonant oscillations of a crack filled by a water–gas mixture at variable gas–volume fraction. For these fluids, the crack size would be on the order of 40–420 m, a size range which is consistent with the spatial spreading of LP hypocenters. Analysis of temporally-correlated time series of seismological and geochemical data indicates that climaxing of LP activity was preceded by swarms of volcano-tectonic (VT) events and rapidly followed by a consistent increase of both thermal emissions and gas fluxes recorded at the surface (1 month — 2/3 days, respectively). Following these observations, we propose a conceptual model where VT activity increases permeability of the medium, thus favouring fluid mobility. As a consequence, the hydrothermal system experiences pressure perturbations able to trigger its resonant, LP oscillations.
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