Map of the day II: Fracking quakes hit the heartland


From the U.S. Geological Survey’s 24-hour earthquakes map, a screencap reveals the rash of the rash of quakes [yellow dots indicating location and magnitude] hitting Oklahoma and Kansas in the last day, with the horizontal line representing the border between the two states. Recent studies have shown that the quakes in a region largely earthquake free throughout the 20th Century have been caused by the injection of water from oil and gas wells employing hydraulic fracking to break apart shale layers and free trapped oil and gas:

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One response to “Map of the day II: Fracking quakes hit the heartland

  1. When I was in college in Jamaica, a certain company was drilling the oil we share with Cuba and Haiti without our permission. During that year, we had 3 earthquakes. One was bad enough to crack the wall of the apartment I stayed in, which was made out of concrete and steel. Of course this all remained hush in the media…

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