Earthquake activity is picking up at locations which indicate greater stresses upon the North American plate are present. Specifically we’re seeing excessive activity at dormant volcanoes, and man-made drilling operations.
A dormant volcanic butte in Northeast Nevada just experienced a near 3.0M earthquake (2.9 magnitude).
Northeast Nevada is not normally prone to earthquake activity, although its location in proximity to dormant volcanic chains cannot be overlooked.
To see earthquake activity develop in this particular region means stresses are building in such a way (along the edge of the craton) that we are now starting to see dormant volcanoes move in areas which haven’t moved in MILLIONS of years.
Normally we see seismic activity at the dormant volcanoes located along the West coast (California , Oregon, and Washington state) — we do not normally see dormant volcanic seismicity further inland towards the craton edge.
This movement in Nevada comes on the heels of a 5.3 magnitude earthquake which occurred 3 days ago in Vancouver British Columbia Canada.
Each time we see a larger earthquake in the Pacific Northwest , the larger earthquake places stress upon the edge of the craton, causing earthquakes at unexpected areas like dormant volcanoes, and fracking / drilling operations.
Over the past several days, California experienced a swarm of earthquakes at a very large fracking / oil well operation:
Notice the 2.9M earthquake in West Texas seen above on the screenshot from Earthquake3D.
Fort Stockton is the location of a new mystery fault line which opened up 2 years ago in 2012. A literal crack in the ground which extends for multiple miles appeared over a short period of time reaching South out of Ft. Stockton TX.
The earthquake epicenter in Texas is the home of a giant fracking / oil / gas operation. Seen from google earth, this injection well operation goes on for miles, upon miles.
I wonder if the Texas Railroad Commission got the memo yet about Fracking + Earthquakes being related . (they were denying a connection up to even 1 month ago!)
The fact that the dormant volcanoes AND fracking operations are moving at roughly the same time, means the the whole of the craton is being displaced — all magma chambers, and all drilled wells will be adjusting accordingly.
Each time the craton is pressed from the Northwest (Northern California to British Columbia) then the edge of the plate is displaced further to the Southeast.
When the NW moves, the plate is pushed SE. This means Idaho , Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma normally see activity AFTER the Pacific Northwest presses the North American plate.
Oklahoma experienced multiple 4.0M+ earthquakes at their fracking operations. Now we are hearing about new regulations which are being put in place for monitoring these seismically prone oil / gas wells.
It is good to hear that Oklahoma is getting a hold of the regulation portion of this seismic problem, however it is troubling to see the earthquake activity spreading to multiple fracking operations, and dormant volcanoes.
Information on this current 2.9 magnitude in Nevada from the USGS:
|Magnitude / uncertainty||2.9 ml± 0.0|
|Origin Time||2015-03-29 09:08:27.083 UTC|
|Number of Stations||8|
|Number of Phases||8|
|Minimum Distance||334.18 km (3.00°)|
|Travel Time Residual||–|
|FE Region||Nevada (37)|