Man-Made Earthquakes: USGS Says Millions in the U.S. at Risk

March 28, 2016

When it comes to preparing for disasters, natural disasters rank at the top of the list of things to prepare for; but one natural disaster has now shifted from the natural category into the list of man-made disasters that could wreak havoc throughout the United States.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), millions of Americans, living in areas of the United States that were once thought to be low-risk earthquake zones, are now living in seismic zones that are more active than the high-hazard areas of California.

A federal report from the USGS suggests that some 7 million people in the central and eastern U.S., including people in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas, now live in a man-made earthquake zone. The USGS says that oil and gas drilling can trigger these quakes, and claim many of…


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