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USGS to Map Human-Caused Earthquakes

posted May 27, 2015, 5:00 PM by Steve Taffee
Just days after Oklahoma's government embraced the idea that human actions could, in fact, cause earthquakes, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a report outlining how they could potentially map people-induced earthquake hazards.

Induced' or 'potentially induced' earthquakes (the terms are used interchangeably in the report) are earthquakes caused by human activities--typically the injection of wastewater from oil and gas drilling sites deep into the earth. The water can essentially lubricate faults, causing them to slip. Sudden movement along faults are what generate an earthquake. read more…