seis·​mic·​i·​ty | \ sīz-ˈmi-sə-tē How to pronounce seismicity (audio) , sīs- \

Definition of seismicity

: the relative frequency and distribution of earthquakes

Examples of seismicity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adrienne Sandoval, director of the State’s Oil Conservation Division, said OCD connected seismicity to water disposal on the New Mexico portion of the Delaware basin. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 While the La Palma quakes are naturally occurring, induced seismicity is a real phenomenon. Kate S. Petersen, USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2021 An exec for a water recycling company said about 200 disposal wells that lay in Texas within 10 miles of the New Mexico line argued for a connection between the disposal wells and growing seismicity. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 In some places, a proliferation of wastewater injection wells is associated with ahistorical seismicity. WSJ, 8 July 2021 Massive injection of wastewater into disposal wells deeper than hydrocarbon formations—not the fracturing process itself—is implicated in big seismicity increases. WSJ, 8 July 2021 Precursory to this effusive eruption was very low-level seismicity beginning in November 2020. David Bressan, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 The size, shape, and capabilities of the landers could be anything from simple cameras to a full suite of instruments to measure gravity, composition, or even seismicity. Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Jan. 2020 If the rainwater did fracture layers of rock, starting at the surface and reaching rocks near the magma, this should have produced a downwardly propagating wave of seismicity. Robin George Andrews, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of seismicity

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Seismicity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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