PostMinQuake

Project realized within the framework of Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)

The management of the post mining regions in Europe is an important issue for the safety and economic reasons. The PostMinQuake – Induced earthquake and rock mass movements in coal post mining areas: mechanisms, hazard and risk assessment – treats the most important hazards related to unexpected ground motions which may affect the surface stability, vulnerable structures and critical infrastructures. The goal of the project is to deepen the knowledge of post-mining seismic events as well as surface deformations in European countries with coal mining legacy.

The research scope of the project goes far beyond a simple relation between seismicity, rainfall and the process of mines flooding. It uses new techniques and systems for observation of the earth dynamics transformed by mining and climate change.

In many European countries, coal mines have already been closed in entire mining basins, while in several other countries mines are in the process of closure. Research of the risk estimation associated with induced seismicity and movements of the rock mass in post-mining areas will be carried out on  the four testing sites.

The project beneficiaries are ten institutions from four European countries: the Czech Republic, France, Germany and Poland. They all share a great deal of experience in solving post-mining issues.