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Was Oklahoma's recent record breaking earthquake caused by fracking?

9/8/2016 - The 5.6-magnitude earthquake that shook Oklahoma earlier this month has spurred state officials to shut down 37 fracking disposal wells over a 725-square mile area. The quake matched a 2011 record for the strongest earthquake in the state's history. Five months before the quake, the United States...

Fracking crackdown reduces Oklahoma earthquakes by 25 percent

7/12/2016 - Since 2009, the state of Oklahoma has experienced a drastic increase in earthquakes. The state's yearly average of reported earthquakes in 2009 was a mere 20 per year. In 2015, that average spiked to a shocking two per day. While environmentalists have had their suspicions for a while, it wasn't...

Seven million Americans could experience man-made earthquakes from fracking

4/7/2016 - Thanks to fracking, upwards of 7 million Americans are at risk of experiencing an earthquake in their own cities and towns. This scary information comes from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which recently released a map detailing earthquakes that have occurred this year. Because the USGS has observed...

Report highlights how natural gas "fracking" is causing earthquakes

1/24/2015 - North-central Texas is experiencing a surge in earthquakes like never before, and a recent study says the cause could be natural gas hydraulic fracturing, a process more popularly known as "fracking." The liquid waste left over from pumping natural gas out of the ground is apparently greasing little-known...

How California's extreme drought will lead to a wave of earthquakes

8/18/2014 - With about 60 percent of the state now limping through the worst categorical level of drought on record, California faces an unprecedented water crisis that, besides triggering shortages, stands to greatly influence the availability of fresh produce nationwide. And as far as its own residents and the...

Oklahoma earthquakes caused by oil drilling

8/17/2014 - In recent weeks, residents of rural Oklahoma have been experiencing something on a regular basis that used to be quite rare: the rattling and booming roll of the earth. In the first week of August, Reuters reported, residents of Guthrie, which has a population of nearly 10,200 people, felt five earthquakes...

Half the United States under increased threat of earthquakes, warns USGS

7/29/2014 - According to the most recent federal earthquake map from the U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS), roughly half of the United States is at a higher risk of quakes than previously thought. The actual risk is probably even higher, as the map does not take into account increased risk due to oil and gas extraction...

Wastewater disposal wells cause destructive earthquakes in central Oklahoma

7/11/2014 - Injection wells used to dispose of wastewater from oil and gas drilling are causing earthquakes that may place public safety at risk, researchers are increasingly warning. Most recently, in a study published in the journal Science on July 3, researchers from Cornell University concluded that the...

Huge increase in California earthquakes has scientists baffled

6/11/2014 - For Los Angeles, California, May 2014 was a month of heightened seismic activity, boasting five earthquakes that measured greater than 4.0 on the Richter scale. The sudden increase in seismic activity on the West Coast hasn't been witnessed since 1994 -- the year that 53 quakes rumbled through the area...

Large-scale water consumption in California may trigger earthquakes

5/31/2014 - For many years, scientists and geologists have wondered about which forces are responsible for continually elevating California's mighty Sierra Nevada and central coastal ranges, which have caused an increase in the number of earthquakes in the central part of the state. Recently, the Los Angeles...

Small town residents stage angry protest after 'fracking' causes series of earthquakes

2/4/2014 - Hundreds of North Texas residents are demanding answers after a series of minor earthquakes rocked their area over the past several months. CBS Dallas / Fort Worth reports that dozens of folks from the small town of Azle, near Fort Worth, recently gathered down in Austin at the state capitol to push...

Fracking pinpointed as cause of Texas earthquakes

11/8/2013 - Yet another study has linked fracking and similar oil and gas mining practices to earthquakes, this time in Texas. The new study was conducted by researchers from China University of Geosciences and the University of Texas at Austin and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....

Ants can detect earthquakes 24 hours before they occur

4/17/2013 - Human-to-human interaction is not the only way people learn about their environment. Studying the signs and signals of weather, plants, animals, and even ants is a great way to understand how the universe works. According to a new study in Germany from the University of Duisburg-Essen, red wood ants...

Is natural gas 'fracking' responsible for the recent earthquake swarms in strange locations?

9/25/2011 - The natural gas industry and its advocates claim that hydraulic fracturing, the modern technique for extracting natural gas, also known as "fracking," is beneficial to the interests of American energy independence. However, a simple report recently issued by KARK 4 News in Little Rock, Ark., suggests...

Nuclear wipeout: How earthquakes may unleash nuclear catastrophe

9/21/2011 - Mike Adams wrote recently about the threat to the world's nuclear installations from the sun and we are almost being promised this by NASA. The sun is acting up but so is the earth with increasingly intense and frequent earthquakes. Japan marks 600th eruption of the Sakurajima volcano this year I...

Dozens of earthquakes hit unlikely state of Maine in unusual seismic swarm

5/6/2011 - Last weekend, a mysterious swarm of earthquake events struck the US state of Maine in what seismic experts have dubbed a "microquake" event. A region not typically prone to earthquakes, portions of Maine allegedly feel a small shake or two in an average year as a result of earth plate movement, but...

Forget earthquakes, California faces massive super storm that could destroy 25 percent of homes

1/20/2011 - Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) seem more concerned about a giant California "super storm" than they are "the big one", which refers to the massive earthquake that many experts believe will someday hit the Golden State and cause massive destruction. Super storms, they say, have happened...

Mysterious Swarm of Earthquakes Detected Off Oregon Coast

5/8/2008 - An unusual swarm of earthquakes off the coast of central Oregon has been detected by scientists listening to underwater microphones called hydrophones. More than 600 earthquakes were recorded during the first ten days in April by Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center. The earthquakes...

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