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The paper presents the characteristics of seismic tremors and rockbursts that occurred between 2001 and 2015. The characteristics are based on a general description of the geological structure of the Upper Silesian Coal Basin (USCB). The level of seismic activity in the analysed period changed a number of times and depended on the intensity of mining works and diverse mining and geological conditions in each of the five regions where tremors occurred (Bytom Trough, Main Saddle, Main Trough, Kazimierz Trough, and Jejkowice and Chwałowice Troughs) and which belong to various structural units of the Upper Silesia. It was found out that in the case of rockbursts the phenomena were recorded in three regions. These are: Main Saddle, Bytom Trough, and Jejkowice and Chwałowice Troughs. The so called Regional Rockburst Indicator (RWT) was estimated for each of the regions where the rockbursts had been recorded. The obtained values of RWT are presented against the Probability of RockBurst (PT) in a given area.


On 18 April 2015, a regional tremor with an energy E=4·109 J occurred in the main saddle of fault VIa. This phenomenon emerged as result of summing up of stresses caused by underground exploitation conducted in the vicinity of natural faults with unrelaxed tectonic stresses, which resulted in the very strong influence of this tremor on the surface infrastructure and on the emotional well-being of local people. This analysis suggests that there is a statistical relationship between these values. Diversity of location both of the size of measured vibration parameters, damages in the buildings and of feelings of the vibrations prove an unequal radiation of the seismic waves caused by the amplifying influence of the fault zone.