A noteworthy earthquake has struck a fracking / oil / injection operation in Central WESTERN California.
The event occurred off of “Oil City Road” in Coalinga California. COAL-inga being a dead giveaway as to the geology of the area — oil, gas, and coal being the main commodity produced by this region of California.
This is not something we see every day, but something I’m not surprised to see (in light of other activity happening in the United States currently).
Yesterday we saw news that Oklahoma has notified fracking / oil well owners of new guidelines in regards to operations after multiple 3.0M- upper 4.0M earthquakes struck (and continue to strike) Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and Colorado.
The fracking operations in Colorado, Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma ALL showed noteworthy movement over the past 7 days.
Now (March 27 2015) we have the operations on the West coast seeing movement as well — keep watch for more events in , and around this area.
Information on this event from the USGS:
|Magnitude / uncertainty||3.5 ml± 0.2|
|Location / uncertainty||36.226°N 120.354°W± 0.1 km|
|Depth / uncertainty||10.9 km± 0.3|
|Origin Time||2015-03-27 07:32:32.210 UTC|
|Number of Stations||73|
|Number of Phases||61|
|Minimum Distance||2.80 km (0.03°)|
|Travel Time Residual||0.08 sec|
|FE Region||Central California (39)|