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Media Advisory: Yes, Humans Really Are Causing Earthquakes — Public Lecture

August 24, 2015
The earthquake rate has dramatically increased in the central United States in the last six years. Oklahoma had more magnitude 3 or greater earthquakes in 2014 than California.

MENLO PARK, Calif. — The earthquake rate has dramatically increased in the central United States in the last six years. Oklahoma had more magnitude 3 or greater earthquakes in 2014 than California. This increase is due to earthquake activity induced by oil and gas operations, yet most earthquakes are not caused by hydraulic fracturing. Given that these earthquakes are manmade, we may be able to control them.



What:


Illustrated presentation: “Yes, Humans Really Are Causing Earthquakes

 


Who:


Justin Rubinstein, USGS geophysicist

 


When:


Thursday, August 27, 2015

12:00 p.m. — Lecture preview for USGS employees and news media representatives

7:00 p.m.— Public lecture open to all

(Both presentations will be live-streamed online, and archived for later viewing.)

 


Where:


U.S. Geological Survey

Rambo Auditorium, Bldg. 3, 2nd floor

345 Middlefield Road

Menlo Park, Calif.

 


Background Information  


Induced Earthquakes Research

Man-made Earthquakes Update

Induced Earthquakes FAQs