Oklahoma has become the earthquake capital of the US

Last year the U.S. Geological Survey released a flurry of reports on the topic of human-induced earthquakes. It is now clear there is a connection between oil/gas extraction and earthquake activity. However, the nature of that connection has been widely misunderstood and misreported, even by some of the most reputable publications in the World.

Oklahoma has gone from averaging 2 earthquakes a year to averaging nearly 3 earthquakes a day.

Oklahoma has become the earthquake capital of the US

The box over Oklahoma is the same region shown in the map below.

Oklahoma’s injection wells, each one sized proportional to its annual injection volume
Oklahoma’s injection wells, each one sized proportional to its annual injection volume

Via metrocosm.com
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