12/31/2011 — 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Youngstown, Ohio — OFFICIALLY blamed on ‘fracking’

watch the video here:

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Original stories linked here:

http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/12312011-4-0-magnitude-earthquake-in-east-ohio-man-made-epicenter-near-quarries/

http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/12292011-ohio-2-5-magnitude-earthquake-man-made-at-a-quarry/

 

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Here is an update on the situation in Ohio.

The location of the earthquake has been moved, as well as the magnitude elevated to a 4.3 (from a 4.0).. and the depth has been changed to be 3.1 miles deep.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/ld60029101.php

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 4.3
Date-Time
  • Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 20:05:01 UTC
  • Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 03:05:01 PM at epicenter
Location 41.121°N, 80.684°W
Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN URBAN AREA, OHIO

Officially, according to the USGS — this was a “FRAC well” quake — injection pumping caused this movement..

Here is a screenshot of the “new” epicenter — also located at a steel plant / old quarry area:

http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2011/12/31/youngstown-magnitude-four-earthquake.html

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Youngstown

Saturday December 31, 2011 3:44 PM
UPDATED: Saturday December 31, 2011 4:03 PM

McDONALD, Ohio – Authorities said that a minor earthquake hit in northeast Ohio.

The U.S. Geological Survey said that the 4.0 magnitude quake struck Saturday afternoon in McDonald, outside of Youngstown.

There were no immediate reports of damage. One witness about 20 miles from the epicenter said that she saw the ornaments shake on her Christmas tree. Others said that it was strong enough to panic pets and send relatives running for cover.

It was the latest in a series of minor quakes in the area in 2011, though residents said that Saturday’s appeared to be stronger than others.

Many have struck near an injection well used to dispose of brine water that is a byproduct of oil and gas drilling.

The injection well owner agreed this week to stop injecting brine into the earth while the quakes are investigated.

Watch 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for continuing coverage.

12/31/2011 — 4.0 magnitude earthquake in east Ohio — MAN MADE — epicenter near quarries and an INJECTION WELL

December 31, 2011

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Youngstown area in east central Ohio.

I think this was another case of “induced seismicity” — commonly called a man-made quake.

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Youngstown
December 31, 2011
10TV.com

http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2011/12/31/youngstown-magnitude-four-earthquake.html

The U.S. Geological Survey said that the 4.0 magnitude quake struck Saturday afternoon in McDonald, outside of Youngstown. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Many have struck near an injection well used to dispose of brine water that is a byproduct of oil and gas drilling. The injection well owner agreed this week to stop injecting brine into the earth while the quakes are investigated.

Watch 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for continuing coverage.

 

 

 

here are the earthquake stats:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0007f7s.php

Magnitude 4.0 – YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN URBAN AREA, OHIO

2011 December 31 20:04:58 UTC

Versión en Español

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 4.0
Date-Time
Location 41.159°N, 80.729°W
Depth 2.2 km (1.4 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN URBAN AREA, OHIO

This screenshot below shows the area of the earthquake epicenter… clearly you can see the quarry to the east and to the north (also a large quarry to the south east by 2 miles).

Just this past week, we saw an additional  2.5 magnitude in the same area —- which after doing research proved to be caused by the ‘Salt Springs’ quarry located a few hundred feet away from the earthquake epicenter.

here is the link to this past weeks story from the same spot:

http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/12292011-ohio-2-5-magnitude-earthquake-man-made-at-a-quarry/

here is a screenshot of this past weeks quake / quarry .

Overall, it seems the edge of the craton keeps on moving — as shown by these series of earthquakes over the past few months.

Here is a screenshot of recent earthquake activity (on the right) compared with a diagram of the craton edge (on the left).