Earthquakes have always been a threat in California, and other North American regions. But for people in places like Oklahoma, they were unheard of until a few years ago. Scientists have linked this seismic activity to the oil industry and are working on new ways to detect and control what they are calling “man-made” earthquakes.
A Discovery blog headline reads: “Humans Are Creating the Newest Earthquake Zones in North America.” Earthquakes typically occur in areas where there are active fault zones, but in Oklahoma, there’s hasn’t been any major seismic activity until the more recent method of oil and natural gas extraction called “fracking.”
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