pure and applied geophysics

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Induced seismicity in the Khibiny Massif (Kola Peninsula)

  • Elena O. Kremenetskaya
  • Victor M. Trjapitsin


The topic of this paper is to review recent processes of increasing seismic activity in the Khibiny Massif in the Kcla Peninsula. It is a typical example of induced seismicity caused by rock deformation due to the extraction of more than 2·109 tons of rock mass since the mid-1960s. The dependence of seismic activity on the amount of extracted ore is demonstrated. Some of the induced earthquakes coincide with large mining explosions, thus indicating a trigger mechanism. The largest earthquake, which occurred on 16 April 1989 (ML= 4.1) could be traced along the surface for 1200 m and observed to a depth of at least 220 m. The maximum measured displacement was 15–20 cm.

Key words

Rock excavation mining explosion induced seismicity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena O. Kremenetskaya
    • 1
  • Victor M. Trjapitsin
    • 1
  1. 1.Kola Regional Seismological CentreApatityRussia

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