pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 153, Issue 1, pp 133–149

Reservoir-induced Seismicity in China

  • L. Chen
  • P. Talwani

DOI: 10.1007/s000240050188

Cite this article as:
Chen, L. & Talwani, P. Pure appl. geophys. (1998) 153: 133. doi:10.1007/s000240050188


—A review of case histories of reservoir-induced seismicity (RIS) in China shows that it mainly occurs in granitic and karst terranes. Seismicity in granitic terranes is mainly associated with pore pressure diffusion whereas in karst terranes the chemical effect of water appears to play a major role in triggering RIS. In view of the characteristic features of RIS in China, we can expect moderate earthquakes to be induced by the construction of the Three Gorges Project on the Yangtze River.

Key words: Reservoir-induced seismicity in China, mechanism of reservoir-induced seismicity. 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel, 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Chen
    • 1
  • P. Talwani
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A.US

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