Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre 
for Geosciences

Dr. Simone Cesca
Helmholtzstraße 6/7
14467 Potsdam

Fon: +49 331 288-28794


Induced Seismicity Catalogue


Map and catalogue of anthropogenic induced seismicity in Europe


The catalogue of anthropogenic induced seismicity is an ongoing project.

The MINE project, thanks to the collaboration of several scientists, has recollected information on the largest earthquakes since the end of the 19th century, which are considered induced or triggered by different human activities.

We are thankful to the Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR), Germany, the Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI), the Netherlands, the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic, the Institute of Geodynamics, National Observatory of Athens, Greece, and the Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), Spain, which seismic catalogues were used to compile and complement the current version of the IS catalogue.

We are also thankful to personal contributions from (in alphabetic order) E. Buforn, J. R. Grasso, S. Lasocki, G. Mutke, B. Orlecka-Sikora, J. Wassermann and J. Zednik.

Finally, information on specific events has been based on the following publications: Rothé (1970), Buforn and Udias (1979), Stein et al. (1982), Batini et al. (1985), Grasso and Wittlinger (1990), Grasso et al. (1992), Gupta (1992), Ruiz et al. (2006), Torcal et al. (2005), Cesca et al. (2011) and Klose (2012).




Batini, F., Console, R., and G. Luongo, 1985. Seismological study of Larderello-Travale geothermal area, Geothermics, 14, 255-272

Buforn, E., and A. Udias, 1979. A note on induced seismicity in dams and reservoirs in Spain. Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 69, 1629-1632

Cesca, S., Dahm, T., Juretzek, C., and D. Kuhn, 2011. Rupture process of the 2001 May 7 Mw 4.3 Ekofisk induced earthquake, Geophys. J. Int., doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05151.x

Grasso, J.-R., Guyton, F., Fréchet, J., and J.-F. Gamond, 1992. Triggered Earthquakes as Stress Gauge: Implication for the Uppercrust Behavior in the Grenoble Area, France. PAGEOPH, 139, 579-605.

Grasso, J.,-R., and G. Wittlinger, 1990. Ten years of seismic monitoring over a gas field, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 80, 450-473

Gupta, H. K., 1992. Resrvoir Induced Earthquakes, Elsevier,. Amsterdam, 364 pp.

Klose, C. D., 2012.Mechanical and statistical evidence of the causality of human-made mass shifts on the Earth’s upper crust and the occurrence of earthquakes, J. Seismol., doi:10.1007/s10950-012-9321-8

Rothé, J. P., 1970. Seismes Artificiels, Tectonophysics, 9, 215-238.

Stein, S., Wiens, D.A., and K. Fujita, 1982, The 1966 Kremasta Reservoir earthquake sequence: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 59, p. 49–60.

Torcal, F., Serrano, I., Havskov, J., Utrillas, J. L., and J. Valero, 2005. Induced seismicity around the Tous New Dam (Spain), Geophys. J. Int., doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2005.02459.x


Map of induced seismicity
Map of anthropogenic induced seismicity in Europe
Catalogue of induced seismicity

Updating. Will be available soon again.


Special Issue J. Seismol.
December 2012

The Special Issue "Triggered and Induced Seismicity: Probabilities and Discrimination" (Cesca, Dost, Oth edts.) on Journal of Seismology is now published and first available online. It includes 13 research papers, including two own contributions from the MINE project (Cesca et al. 2012, Dahm et al. 2012).

ESC 2012
19-24 August 2012

The MINE project has contributed with two oral communications to the 33rd General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission, in Moscow, Russia.