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Most estimates of the time required for safe isolation of radioactive wastes from the biosphere range from 100,000 to 1,000,000 years. For such long time spans, it is necessary to assess the potential effects of geologic processes such as volcanism and tectonic activity on the integrity of geologic repositories. Predictions of geologic phenomena can be based on probabilistic models, which assume a random distribution of events. The necessary historic and geologic records are rarely available to provide an adequate data base for such predictions. The observed distribution of volcanic and tectonic activity is not random, and appears to be controlled by extremely complex deterministic processes. The advent of global plate tectonic theory in the past two decades has been a giant step toward understanding these processes. At each potential repository site, volcanic and tectonic processes should be evaluated to provide the most thorough possible understanding of those deterministic processes. Based on this knowledge, judgements will have to be made as to whether or not the volcanic and tectonic processes pose unacceptable risk to the integrity of the repository. This report describes the potential hazards associated with volcanism and tectonism, and the means for evaluating these processes.
Originally posted by Robin Marks
Originally posted by Spectral Norm
No offense, but I doubt it. The media news outlets all seem to be parroting the AP story. The AP story appears to be based upon a single sentence by Scott Ausbrooks.
Incidentally, in that sentence is a remark this this could be a naturally occurring phenomenon. I agree that this is a possibility. But that hypothesis seems to have been summarily dismissed in this forum. I am not sure why. Perhaps because it leaves no one to blame it on?
His other idea was that the cause is saltwater disposal wells. I tend to lean in this direction myself, based upon indirect, and admittedly, largely circumstantial evidence.
But there are those here who say that any injection of water underground, no matter whether it is recovered or not, is the cause. Well, that could be, too.
I haven't seen any hint of the moon hypothesis in the media. I suppose that this could be right, but I have trouble with the fact that the difference in the gravitational acceleration of the moon at the earth between perigee and apogee is about 7.4e-6 m/s^2, or about seven and a half microns per second squared, which is pretty darned small.
Then there's the volcano hypothesis, which I have not seen on AP either. I can't really say anything about this one, having precious little knowledge of volcanology.
What we do have, that I can't find anywhere in the media outlets, is a steady stream of eyewitness reports. Thank God for them.
You know what's funny. Scott Ausbrook's has been saying the same things since December 13, 2010. Probably even earlier. Here's two reports from late last year that quote him. I wouldn't be surprised if the AP is using filed quotes. The only real new reporting is by local outlets and the NY Times piece I've posted a couple of times.
I study the media. The only new thing Scott Ausbrook's is saying is when he admitted that the injection could speed up the hands of the clock. He's aknowledging that indeed the industry "could" be triggering the quakes. That's what a good reporter does, the press the issue and squeeze out the truth.
Originally posted by herenow
Great thread by the way. Have followed it from page one, as I have the yellowstone thread.
Anyway, here is an article from Vian, Oklahoma, discussing the import of saltwater drilling waste from Arkansas.
Also, some reference to the amount that is pumped into a well. I don't recall having seen it posted and apologize if it has. I can't open all links or videos due to my limited allowed amount of broadband.
I will continue to lurk and enjoy the amazing work you folks continue to do.
Oklahoma has accepted more than a million barrels of saltwater drilling waste from Arkansas in the past three months, and as long as Arkansas continues to clamp down on its disposal within its own borders there will be more to come.
Originally posted by 9Cib27
Could someone else check this link and see if they also see one of these quakes removed:
MAP 3.9 2011/02/20 19:35:20 33.605 -117.276 0.1 1 km ( 1 mi) WSW of Wildomar, CA
MAP 4.5 2011/02/20 19:34:39 32.217 -115.215 2.4 13 km ( 8 mi) SW of Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico