By contrast, an earthquake that was 180 million times more energetic killed 80,000 people in 2008 in Sichuan. It was almost certainly man-made or, at least, man-triggered. The Zipingpu reservoir, designed to generate hydroelectric power, had been filled with water shortly before the fault beneath it failed.
A report by the Regional Geological Survey Team of the Sichuan Geology and Mineral Bureau concluded that “the mounting body of evidence and analysis indicates that the magnitude 8 earthquake was triggered by the mass loading and increased pore pressure caused by the Zipingpu reservoir”.
So does hydro energy and so does geothermal.