Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
Research article
22 Feb 2024
Research article |  | 22 Feb 2024

Impact of faults on the remote stress state

Karsten Reiter, Oliver Heidbach, and Moritz O. Ziegler

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It is generally assumed that faults have an influence on the stress state of the Earth’s crust. It is questionable whether this influence is still present far away from a fault. Simple numerical models were used to investigate the extent of the influence of faults on the stress state. Several models with different fault representations were investigated. The stress fluctuations further away from the fault (> 1 km) are very small.