4.3 earthquake strikes in Ohio..man made..fracking


Officials said Saturday they believe the latest earthquake activity in northeast Ohio is related to the injection of wastewater into the ground near a fault line, creating enough pressure to cause seismic activity.

The brine wastewater comes from drilling operations that use the so-called fracking process to extract gas from underground shale. But Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer said during a news teleconference that fracking is not causing the quakes.

“The seismic events are not a direct result of fracking,” he said.

Environmentalists and property owners who live near gas drilling wells have questioned the safety of fracking to the environment and public health. Federal regulators have declared the technology safe, however.

Zehringer said four injection wells within a 5-mile (8-kilometer) radius of an already shuttered well in Youngstown will remain inactive while further scientific research is conducted.

A 4.0 magnitude quake Saturday afternoon in McDonald, outside of Youngstown, was the 11th in a series of minor earthquakes in area, many of which have struck near the Youngstown injection well. The quake caused no serious injuries or property damage, Zehringer said.

Thousands of gallons of brine were injected into the well daily until its owner, Northstar Disposal Services LLC, agreed Friday to stop injecting brine into the earth as a precaution while authorities assess any potential links to the quakes.

Michael Hansen of the Ohio Seismic Network said Saturday that more quakes are possible, most likely small ones, until the pressure at the fault line has been completely relieved.

The temblor Saturday appeared to be stronger than others, which generally had a magnitude of 2.7 or lower. Some residents reported feeling trembling farther south into Columbiana County and east into western Pennsylvania.

Area residents said a loud boom accompanied the shaking. It sent some stunned residents running for cover as bookshelves shook and pictures and lamps fell from tables.

A few miles from the epicenter, Charles Kihm said he was preparing food in his kitchen when he heard a noise and thought a vehicle had hit his Austintown home.

“It really shook, and it rumbled, like there was a sound,” said Kihm, 82. “It was loud. It didn’t last long. But it really scared me.”

There are 177 similar injection wells around the state, and the Youngstown-area well has been the only site with seismic activity, the department said. Zehringer said that to shut down all of the wells because of seismic activity near one would be an overreaction.


thanks to nomnomnom for the link..

this maybe the highest reading for a man made earthquake..check out the video for the epicenter..uh huh..



~ by seeker401 on January 3, 2012.

12 Responses to “4.3 earthquake strikes in Ohio..man made..fracking”

  1. Highest reading for a man made earthquake??? I know you’ve talked about it before, but what about HAARP? Some of us are crazy enough to think it was HAARP that caused the Fukishima disaster and the New Zealand and Chile quakes. I’d be more worried about HAARP than a little fracking I think. I used to live in Ohio. It won’t be missed much. Just get that oil (;>))))

  2. Fucking Fracking…what a delicious delightful development. Now man has another tool for his toolbox of insanity. On demand earthquakes with a bounus of poisoness solutions to spice up the ground, water and air that is all around. Mother nature would be proud that we can now celebrate the 4th of July on any day by just fucking with fracking. What the frack…that is an interchangable ra for u…What the fuck, it’s a frack to make a crack.

  3. Idiotic, to say the least.

  4. You ever post anything about Australia? Or is it all about the usa?


  5. http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/south-island-of-new-zealand-rattled-by-unending-spasm-of-earthquakes/
    This article has a commenter who also suggests drilling for the Christchurch swarms, has links; I had thought it was supposed to be volcanic origin, but maybe not (?)

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