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Human activity can trigger earthquakes, but how many?

(9 October 2017)

HiQuake has been in the news on BBC Inside Science, PBS News Hour and in Nature. HiQuake is the world's largest database of human-induced earthquakes which is led by researchers at Durham University.

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Media coverage includes:

BBC Inside Science Gareth Mitchell spoke to Prof Gillian Foulger about HiQuake, the world's largest database of human-induced earthquakes. Professor Foulger and her colleagues have so far compiled close to 750seismic events for which there are reasonable cases to be made for anthropogenic triggers. Triggers include mining operations, fossil fuel extraction, reservoir filling, skyscraper construction and tunnelling. Among the surprises is the fact that the US state of Oklahoma is more seismically active than California because of quakes and tremors set off by the local oil and gas industry.

PBS Newshour article 'Human activity can trigger earthquakes, but how many? This number might surprise you' (6 October 2017)

Nature (International weekly journal of science) article 'Risk of human-triggered earthquakes laid out in biggest-ever database' (2 October 2017)

National Geographic article 'How Humans Are Causing Deadly Earthquakes' (2 October 2017)

The Human-Induced Earthquake Database (HiQuake) 

The Human-Induced Earthquake Database (HiQuake) is the largest and most up-to-date database of earthquake sequences proposed to have been induced or triggered by human activity.

The data are freely available to download in Microsoft Excel format for your own analysis.

We endeavour to keep the database up-to-date and accurate. If you have additional cases to add to the database, more information regarding existing entries, or corrections, please contact