seismicity

noun
seis·mic·i·ty | \sīz-ˈmi-sə-tē, sīs-\

Definition of seismicity 

: the relative frequency and distribution of earthquakes

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There also are 90 active disposal wells in Reeves County, according to the Texas Railroad Commission, which in 2014 imposed new rules limiting injections in areas of high seismicity. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Rash of earthquakes prompts fear of oil boom in Balmorhea," 15 June 2018 Mars doesn't have plate tectonics like Earth, so its seismicity is expected to be much more like the Moon's: relatively small shudders and creaks caused by the planet's very slow cooling and shrinking. Emily Lakdawalla, Popular Mechanics, "Meet InSight: The Mission To Measure Marsquakes and Unlock the Red Planet," 30 Apr. 2018 However, in East Africa most of this seismicity is spread over a wide zone across the rift valley and is of relatively small magnitude. Lucia Perez Diaz, CNN, "Big crack evidence East Africa could be splitting in two," 5 Apr. 2018 The disposal of all of that dirty water from oil wells has been cited in the past as one of the main factors for a rise in earthquakes in places such as Oklahoma, where seismicity increases happened in oil-drilling hot spots. David Wethe, Houston Chronicle, "Rise in Texas earthquakes prompts monitoring," 25 Oct. 2017 The disposal of all of that dirty water from oil wells has been cited in the past as one of the main factors for a rise in earthquakes in places such as Oklahoma, where seismicity increases happened in oil-drilling hot spots. David Wethe, Houston Chronicle, "Rise in Texas earthquakes prompts monitoring," 25 Oct. 2017 The disposal of all of that dirty water from oil wells has been cited in the past as one of the main factors for a rise in earthquakes in places such as Oklahoma, where seismicity increases happened in oil-drilling hot spots. David Wethe, Houston Chronicle, "Rise in Texas earthquakes prompts monitoring," 25 Oct. 2017 The disposal of all of that dirty water from oil wells has been cited in the past as one of the main factors for a rise in earthquakes in places such as Oklahoma, where seismicity increases happened in oil-drilling hot spots. David Wethe, Houston Chronicle, "Rise in Texas earthquakes prompts monitoring," 25 Oct. 2017 The disposal of all of that dirty water from oil wells has been cited in the past as one of the main factors for a rise in earthquakes in places such as Oklahoma, where seismicity increases happened in oil-drilling hot spots. David Wethe, Houston Chronicle, "Rise in Texas earthquakes prompts monitoring," 25 Oct. 2017

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1902, in the meaning defined above

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