What is induced seismicity?

Induced seismicity refers to seismic events (usually earthquakes) caused partially or completely by human (anthropogenic) activities.

Some workers distinguish between induced and triggered seismicity according to whether all or only part of the strain energy released was anthropogenic, using the term “induced” when most of the energy was anthropogenic, and “triggered” when it was predominantly of natural origin.

Because of the difficulty of categorising earthquakes, and in keeping with the convention of the Committee on Induced Seismicity Potential (Hitzman, 2013) we use the term “induced” for both cases.