pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 136, Issue 2–3, pp 265–279 | Cite as

Evidence for induced seismicity in the vicinity of Fierza reservoir, Northern Albania

  • Betim Muço


The reservoir of Fierza on the Drini River, Northern Albania, is Albania's largest reservoir and it is one of the world's largest reservoirs of high dams (reservoir volume at maximum water level, 2.8 * 109 m3; dam height, 167 m and dam capacity 8 * 106 m3). We compare pre-and postimpounding seismicity of the area surrounding the Fierza reservoir. An increase of seismic microactivity was observed after the impounding of the reservoir. More than 300 microearthquakes, occurred in the immediate vicinity of the main body of the reservoir, with local magnitude ranging between 1.3 and 3.6. A significant change of theb value in the magnitude-frequency relationship was observed. One swarm of microtremors occurred in the northern part of the reservoir on April 4–5, 1981, where an alteration of the tensor of natural tectonic stresses is revealed. The theoretical additional stress and displacement induced by water-load in the bank of the reservoir were estimated for four cross-profiles of the reservoir area and the maximum values resulted near the location of the above swarm.

Key words

Induced seismicity reservoir impounding microshocks composite focal mechanism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Betim Muço
    • 1
  1. 1.Seismological CenterTiranaAlbania

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