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Fracking-induced earthquakes in Central and Eastern America are on the rise, caution researchers

It’s getting harder for fracking proponents to defend the practice as new studies show that it can be linked to a rise in earthquakes throughout the United States, particularly in areas where seismic events are not historically common – and this is true even when wastewater disposal, which often takes the blame for fracking-related seismicity, isn’t involved.  Researchers shared their findings at the Seismological Society of America 2019 Annual Meeting. They identified more than 600 earthquakes in states like Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and West Virginia that were linked to the practice, ranging in magnitude from 2.0 to 3.8.  Read more...

 

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