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EGS: Interactive Map of Earthquakes at the Newberry Caldera

  • Click on map icons (see legend) for more detailed earthquake information
  • Map data is not currently automatic - events listed are current as of October 31st, 2011
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Seismicity in 3D

The 3D scatterplot below shows the selection of earthquakes satisfying the filter criteria above. You can use your mouse to click on the map and rotate it and zoom in or out. Clicking on the bottom right corner of the plot will allow you to resize the window. The units of depth are kilometers and 0.0km is sea level.

Please note: The 3D visualization provided below is implemented using the canvasXpress library, which employs the html5 canvas element in order to simulate 3D without any special download or plugin. It will only work on the latest, most current browsers. If you are having problems viewing the plot and have an older browser, we highly recommend either upgrading your browser, or installing the latest version of a different browser (e.g., Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome).

About Newberry

Newberry Volcano is a shield volcano located in central Oregon, about 20 mi (35 km) south of the city of Bend and approximately 40 mi (65 km) east of the crest of the Cascade Range. In 2008, Davenport Newberry, owner of federal geothermal leases located in the Deschutes National Forest, adjacent to Newberry National Volcanic Monument, drilled a geothermal well, NWG 55-29, to a depth of over 10,000 feet and found hot (600F) rock, but no sustainable flow of geothermal fluids. Therefore, in 2010 AltaRock Energy, Inc. in partnership with Davenport, began a DOE-supported project to demonstrate Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) technology at Newberry.

To monitor the creation of EGS reservoirs, a microseismic array of 15 sensors was installed in August 2012, including eight installed in boreholes 700-900 ft deep to improve sensitivity. Small (magnitude<2) microseismic events auto-located within one kilometer of the well will be plotted in near real-time on the map.  A seismologist will review the seismic waveforms for events further than 1 kilometer from the well or larger than magnitude 2 before plotting.

To view near time waveforms from Alta Rock and regional station go to the following links (one can select the day as well as the stations):