TV News LIES

Saturday, Jun 25th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Confirmed: Fracking Triggers Quakes and Seismic Chaos

Confirmed: Fracking Triggers Quakes and Seismic Chaos

E-mail Print PDF

Fracking Major earthquakes thousands of miles away can trigger reflex quakes in areas where fluids have been injected into the ground from fracking and other industrial operations, according to a study published in the journal Science on Thursday.

Previous studies, covered in a recent Mother Jones feature from Michael Behar, have shown that injecting fluids into the ground can increase the seismicity of a region. This latest study shows that earthquakes can tip off smaller quakes in far-away areas where fluid has been pumped underground.

Fracking waste fluids "kind of act as a pressurized cushion," said a lead author on the study.

The scientists looked at three big quakes: the Tohuku-oki earthquake in Japan in 2011 (magnitude 9), the Maule in Chile in 201 (an 8.8 magnitude), and the Sumatra in Indonesia in 2012 (an 8.6). They found that, as much as 20 months later, those major quakes triggered smaller ones in places in the Midwestern US where fluids have been pumped underground for energy extraction.

"[The fluids] kind of act as a pressurized cushion," lead author Nicholas van der Elst of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University explained to Mother Jones. "They make it easier for the fault to slide."

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Pink Snow Looks Awesome, But Is Another Climate Change Indicator

Pink snow sign of climate changeSome call it pink snow, some call it watermelon snow — and now, a new study...

New wildfires erupt in California as heatwave strikes west coast

New wild fires erupt in CaliforniaNew wildfires erupted Monday in southern California and chased people from their homes as an intensifying...

29,400 Barrels of Crude Oil Spill in California

Oil pipeline spill in CaliforniaSouthern California authorities have revised the estimated size of a crude oil pipeline spill down to...

Southwest braces for heat wave with temps reaching 120

heat wave coming to southwest USIn 120 degree temperatures, some airplanes might not take off. Power grids strain as the outside...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!