USGS Report Finds 50 Percent Decline in Induced Seismicity Risk

By Seth Whitehead The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has just released its second-ever report forecasting both natural and induced seismicity potential throughout the United States. Notably, the report finds a 50 percent reduction in the number of Americans living in an area with a significant risk (1-12 percent) of experiencing a damaging manmade earthquake in 2017, down to 3.5 million compared to its 2016 forecast of seven million.
One of the most notable aspects of the report is the dramatic decline in induced seismic activity in Oklahoma: “In particular, in Oklahoma during the last six months of 2016, the rates were significantly lower

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