I hope I'm wrong as well. My best evidence is the quakes themselves and this new report I found. I'll repost my conclusion from the QuakeWatch thread
here. And the report. And the most recent list with 700 earthquakes over the last many months.
"From the report I just posted regarding mid-continental earthquakes.
"Now, new research from the University of Missouri suggests that inner-continental quakes such as China's may abide by a different set of rules than
those that occur along plate boundaries."
This means the New Madrid Zone and Yellowstone and the surrounding mountains and fault act by their own rules and aren't like those occuring in
From the report,
"Along plate boundaries, small and moderate earthquakes that rupture along a particular fault lead to a build-up of stress along that same fault line,
but mid-continent faults are connected to each other in a complex network, and a large earthquake along one fault will instead put pressure on a
This means that it's unlikely that the New Madrid will rupture in the same area. The larger quakes will migrate. So why is this important. It means
that there is a connection between quakes in one area affecting the fault system of another at a much greater distance than geologists think. They
believe that most activity is very local and contained with a particular fault. This means that earthquakes around these areas may be connected and
this interaction is not understood. So. Earthquakes outside of Yellowstone have a relationship and can be putting stresses on the faults above the
magma chamber. This means the earthquake in Arkansas my be destablizing a larger fault. Possibly under Memphis.
So if the Arkansas quakes are caused by fracking, this means the activity could have far reaching consequences. The deep well injection disposal is a
known cause of earthquakes and there is injection in Arkansas. So fracking may be directly responsible for causing the next big quake in the
Mississippi River area.
Remember that the New Madrid earthquake was not one quake. There were four. First starting in Arkansas and then migrate to the northeast.
Coincidently, the trend of earthquakes near Guy, Arkansas, runs in the same direction. From the southwest up to the northeast.
So fracking is not a good idea.
They are fracking south of Yellowstone. The geologists have convinced everyone that what happens on one side of the mountains have very little to do
with events on the farside. It looks like they might be wrong. It looks like quakes near Yellowstone can change things above the chamber.
So fracking is an insane idea."
Link to map.
Here's the map.
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