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Illawarra coal mining may be a trigger for earthquakes around Appin

Ben Langford
Updated June 30 2023 - 5:16pm, first published June 29 2023 - 4:30pm
Left: Earthquakes 1960-2010 within 30km of the most recent Appin quake. Right: Earthquakes 2010-today within the same radius, concentrated to the immediate west of Appin. Images from Geoscience Australia website.
Left: Earthquakes 1960-2010 within 30km of the most recent Appin quake. Right: Earthquakes 2010-today within the same radius, concentrated to the immediate west of Appin. Images from Geoscience Australia website.

Underground coal mines may be having a profound affect on earthquakes in the Appin region, with mining recognised worldwide as a potential trigger of seismic activity.

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Ben Langford

Ben Langford

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