The last few weeks have been like a repeat of 2011 all over again.
Multiple large 6.0M+ earthquakes around the ring of fire (11 quakes in 7 days), and multiple moderate earthquakes (4.0M range) at the Timpson Texas pumping operation. Also, add in the multiple fracking earthquakes in Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
All the aforementioned earthquakes in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas occurring inside large pumping / drilling operations.
Now, just like 2011, after we see excessive movement in TX, OK, and AR — we see additional compensation movement along the edge of the Craton (to the west) in Colorado. Today, September 8, 2013 an earthquake swarm is occurring inside the Trinidad, CO oil pumping operation which is also mixed with natural gas frack / injection wells.
Earthquake statistics from the USGS here:
- 2013-09-08 08:15:31 UTC
- 2013-09-08 02:15:31 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
- 2013-09-08 03:15:31 UTC-05:00 system time
36.985°N 104.880°W depth=4.6km (2.9mi)
- 39km (24mi) WSW of Trinidad, Colorado
- 142km (88mi) S of Pueblo, Colorado
- 152km (94mi) S of Pueblo West, Colorado
- 154km (96mi) NE of Espanola, New Mexico
- 172km (107mi) NNE of Santa Fe, New Mexico
At this point, there should not be ANY debate on the validity of the connection between Fracking , Injection and Earthquakes.
A study published this past week, done by the USGS, confirms the connection.
Read more on hydraulic fracturing + earthquake effects (induced seismicity):
Youngstown is located over the Marcellus Shale, a geological formation that scientists estimate contains 489 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Before January 2011, it had never felt an earthquake, at least not since record-keeping began in 1776. But two weeks after the Northstar 1 well started pumping fluid into the ground, the tremors began. Though most were too small to feel, by December 2011 seismometers in the town had recorded a magnitude 3.9 quake.
Here are all my past posts on the topic of man made earthquakes / fracking / induced seismicity: