01 Apr '13, 1pm

Biggest Oklahoma Earthquake Ever Linked To Oil Industry

Biggest Oklahoma Earthquake Ever Linked To Oil Industry

In 2011, a report from the United States Geological Survey linked a series of earthquakes in Oklahoma in January 2011 to a fracking operation underway there. There was no definitive proof, but it seemed likely that tracking was related to those Oklahoma earthquakes. On November 5, 2011, a 5.7 earthquake struck near Prague , in central Oklahoma. Fourteen homes were leveled, schools were closed for repairs, and the quake was felt across 17 states. If it had not been centered in open country, the effects could have been much worse. Nevertheless, it worried seismologists, who had believed this area to be seismically safe. Quake Triggered By Oil Wastewater Now, a study published this week in the scientific journal Geology reveals that the quake was probably triggered by the injections of wastewater from oil production into wells deep beneath the earth. Both gas and oil drilling...

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