||Human-generated Factors (Artificial causes of
Four human activities or consequences of human activities have been known to
induce earthquakes: 1) the filling of large water impoundments; 2) deep well
injection; 3) underground explosions of nuclear devices, and 4) the collapse
of underground mine-workings. Some have speculated that nuclear detonations
along a fault may release strain in a controlled fashion and prevent a major
earthquake, but the potential liability of such an experiment gone awry has
proved daunting for even the most intrepid seismic investigators (24).