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The United States Geological Survey (USGS) issued a press release yesterday indicating that the magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck Prague, Oklahoma in 2011 was unintentionally human-induced.
The USGS claims that the magnitude 5.0 earthquake triggered by waste-water injection the previous day “trigger[ed] a cascade of earthquakes, including a larger one, [which] has important implications for reducing the seismic risk from waste-water injection.”
The 5.7 magnitude quake in Prague followed an injection of waste-water approximately 650 feet away from the Wilzetta fault zone, a complex fault system about 124 miles in length. All three earthquakes exhibited a slip-strike motion, and did so at three different locations, indicating that three separate areas of the fault zone were activated.
The scientists did not say that drilling "caused" the quake. They said it was possible; but, even that is a big stretch. They have been drilling oil in Oklahoma for quite a while. The truth is that we are having earthquakes in places where we have not traditionally had them and we don't know why.
I am always wary of any report that a government agency puts out. Especially USGS, or the EPA.
I live in Oklahoma and yes we do have minor tremors. But it has been proven several times that fracking does not cause earthquakes.
Look at this way. How could we as humans inject enough water into this HUGE planet of Earth to cause such tremors. We are so small and planet is so BIG. The footprint of 1 well would be miniscule and not noticeable. IMHO
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How could we as humans inject enough water into this HUGE planet of Earth to cause such tremors. We are so small and planet is so BIG. The footprint of 1 well would be miniscule and not noticeable. IMHO
...I had not heard of the 'shock absorber' theory before. I will investigate that. Tx.