Water disposal suspected in southern Kansas earthquakes


The Kansas Geological Survey suspects the disposal of fracking water might have caused two earthquakes that rattled Wichita and other areas of southern Kansas on Thanksgiving Day and the following day.

KWCH TV reported that Wichitans felts what they described as homes and windows shaking followed by a big boom on Friday.

The first quake struck Thanksgiving Day at 4:30 p.m. and measured 2.7 magnitude. The second occurred on Friday at 12:30 p.m. and was a magnitude 2.6.

Speculation by state officials led to the oil and gas industry.

“Part of it is related to large amounts of water being disposed as a result of fracking and horizontal drilling in south-central Kansas and Oklahoma,” said Don Steeples with the Kansas Geological Survey reported the TV station.

There were no reports of significant damage.

Source: KWCH News

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