United States Shaken By Millennium’s Worth Of Earthquakes In Just Two Years

A spike in seismic activity over seven years, a flurry of reports, and then last week, more earthquakes. Last Wednesday night, in an area where drilling for oil and gas occurs, a community in northwestern Oklahoma was hit with two quakes that registered 4.7 and 4.8 on the Richter scale, and 22 more tremors were logged throughout the area over a 13-hour period. The panhandle state experienced 585 quakes in 2014. In 2015 there were 842, according to data from the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC), a government agency in Colorado.

“That’s almost a millennium’s worth of earthquakes in two years,” said George Choy, a seismologist with NEIC, in an interview with the Guardian. “When you see that you suspect something is going on.” That “something” appears to be a link between earthquakes and drilling for oil and gas, according to a report released by the US Geological Survey (USGS) last spring.

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