posted on Feb, 20 2004 @ 05:17 PM
Were the 4.4 earthquakes Thursday in Sonoma Valley, California natural or manmade? Some seismologists believe that it was a creation of ours, not
kxtv.com news link
ďSome seismologists believe a rash of recent earthquakes in the area are the result of a project to inject thousands of gallons of water into the
ground to replenish steamfields. The steam drives turbines at a geothermal powerplant located at the Geysers, just three miles from the epicenter of
Santa Rosa, CA has a project to pump half of its wastewater into the ground for the next 20
Previously, the waste water was divided up among local farmers for irrigation, and during the winter months when the demand was low, they
pumped the extra waste water into the Russian River. Now that water quality regulations are getting tougher, Santa Rosa pumps the extra water into the
ground so they donít have to worry about the river water quality.
This isnít just any spot of ground; this is an active geyser field with dormant volcanoes. Currently they use the steam coming from the geyser field
to produce power, and now that the pressure is dropping, they believe that they can take care of two problems at once by putting the water into the
geyser field to prop up the pressure.
The question is does the city know the full result of increasing the geyser pressure? Or does anyone for that matter.
EARTHQUAKES:Natural or Man-Made?
[Edited on 20-2-2004 by Nerdling]