Man-made Quakes Cause Less Damage to Property

BSSAA study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has concluded that induced earthquakes, which are triggered by drill operations pumping fluids underground, are creating quakes 16 times weaker then naturally occurring quakes. Man-made earthquakes have been a used by anti-fracking groups to make a case against domestic drilling programs. The truth, as revealed in the report, is that the induced quakes have much less energy and therefore do less damage than natural earthquakes.  This is because the fracking fluids act as a lubricant, making for a smoother slip, as opposed to the more herky-jerky release of energy of a normal quake.

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