Articles | Volume 13, issue 6
Research article
29 Jun 2022
Research article |  | 29 Jun 2022

The analysis of slip tendency of major tectonic faults in Germany

Luisa Röckel, Steffen Ahlers, Birgit Müller, Karsten Reiter, Oliver Heidbach, Andreas Henk, Tobias Hergert, and Frank Schilling

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3D fault sets of Germany and adjacent areas Luisa Röckel, Birgit I. R. Müller, Steffen Ahlers, Karsten Reiter, Tobias Hergert, Andreas Henk, Oliver Heidbach, and Frank Schilling


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Short summary
Reactivation of tectonic faults can lead to earthquakes and jeopardize underground operations. The reactivation potential is linked to fault properties and the tectonic stress field. We create 3D geometries for major faults in Germany and use stress data from a 3D geomechanical–numerical model to calculate their reactivation potential and compare it to seismic events. The reactivation potential in general is highest for NNE–SSW- and NW–SE-striking faults and strongly depends on the fault dip.