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Mar 12 / Dave Schumaker

Mining-Induced Earthquakes

A new study released in The Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America suggests a correlation between mining operations and earthquakes. This article from PhysOrg talks about the results of the study. “We’ve studied how fairly shallow underground coal mining causes earthquakes that, depending on their size, might pose a ground-shaking hazard to nearby surface structures,” said Dr. Walter Arabasz, director of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations and one of the principal researchers for the papers. This comes on the heels of a magnitude 5.0 earthquake that struck South Africa on Wednesday, with some experts claiming it was a mining-induced event.

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