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Triggered (Induced) Earthquakes 

Colorado is world famous for its triggered (induced) earthquakes. Many scientists prefer calling human-caused earthquakes 'triggered' rather than 'induced', because it is believed that a fault must have stress stored on it, in order for a human activity to release it in an earthquake.  A variety of human activities in Colorado have triggered earthquakes during the past half century including chemical fluid disposal, coal mining, reservoir filling, brine disposal, nuclear explosions, and oilfield waterflood.

To see a white paper on triggered earthquakes in Colorado, click here
For an extensive, online bibliography of triggered earthquakes, click here.

 Colorado Geological Survey

Last Updated: 3/27/2013 4:14 PM 
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