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Markus Haering, who designed the geothermal project, rejected allegations that he deliberately damaged properties and said local people knew the risks. The deep drilling underground caused a series of earthquakes in 2006, including one of 3.4 magnitude, rattling residents of the north-western city of Basel. Geopower Basel, the project leader, has already paid around 9 million Swiss francs (£5.3 million) in compensation for cracked walls and other damage on properties near the experiment
The experiment aimed to be the world's first to generate power commercially by boiling water on naturally occurring rocks 3 miles underground
Originally posted by ANNED
The geothermal fields at coso geothermal field is also a area of man caused earthquakes.
The Coso Volcanic/geothermal Field is one of the most seismically active regions in the United States, producing dozens of tremors in the M1 and M2 range each week. Tremors in the M3 range occur at a rate of 2-6 per month and M4 quakes occur two-three times each year. Recent activity in the M5 range happened in 1996 and 1998 when tremors of M5.3, M5.1, M5.2, and M5.0 occurred with a day of each other. These tremors were actually recorded along the eastern side of the Coso Volcanic/geothermal Field, 15 miles (24 km). September 30, 2009 to October 6, 2009 there have been 429 earthquakes ranging from 0.1 up to a 5.2. Some days have activity just about one every minute. On October 2, 2009 there were three earthquakes (5.2, 4.7, and a 4.9) all with in one hour of each other.
you can see the quakes for the coso geothermal field between China Lake
and Lone Pine calif.
Originally posted by links234
I just want to point out that the Owens valley is seismically active with or without the help of humans. Geothermal plants just take advantage of already hot areas to generate power.