DFW is one of 17 areas identified in a United States Geological Survey report released today as having a high risk for "induced seismicity." That means we're doing something that's making the ground shake, namely injecting wastewater byproducts from energy gathering activities back into the ground.
United States Geological Survey
"This new report describes for the first time how injection-induced earthquakes can be incorporated into U.S. seismic hazard maps," Mark Petersen, Chief of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Modeling Project, said. "These earthquakes are occurring at a higher rate than ever before and pose a much greater risk to people living nearby. The USGS is developing methods that overcome the challenges in assessing seismic hazards in these regions in order to support decisions that help keep communities safe from ground shaking."More »