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Mag, Ref, Lat, Long, Date/Time UTC, Depth
2.022, 3600005, -38.68, 177.13708, 2011/10/25 09:53:06, 38
Dutton said that earthquakes, such as Wednesday's event, while uncommon in South Texas, are not surprising.
He said that the likely cause is induced activity below the earth's surface, such as the removal of oil and water which can cause faults to shift slightly.
“It’s funny, the analogy I make is like smoking,” Frohlich said. “If your grandfather dies of lung cancer, it’s hard to prove smoking caused it, but on the other hand, you can run statistics for hundreds of people and say, ‘Yea, smokers are much more likely to have lung cancer.’ It’s a lot like that.” Looking southeast of San Antonio, historically most of the area’s earthquakes have occurred in active gas fields, Frohlich said. “We’re unaware of any earthquakes that occurred before gas development began in the 50s, and so a logical person would probably conclude it’s related to that,” he said.
Of last week’s earthquake, Frohlich said, “My intuition is that there is a relationship, but it’s hard to prove.” •
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Julie Dutton, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey