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Study: 300 Earthquakes In Parker County Since December


The following is from the May 8, 2014, edition of CBS 11 News. Seismologists from SMU’s Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in Dedman College are leading a scientific Investigation of the recent Reno-Azle and Mineral Wells earthquakes.

May 9, 2014

By Jason Allen

RENO (CBSDFW.COM) – There have been more than 300 earthquakes reported in Parker County since December, according to just-published research conducted by an earthquake study team.

In preliminary findings released Wednesday, the team reported that the quakes show a complex fault system in the area near Reno and Azle, which started experiencing quakes for the first time in November.

The progress report from the SMU North Texas Earthquake Study said the relation of the quakes to two nearby waste-water injection wells remains a major question. Preliminary locations for the earthquakes show them occurring within one to two kilometers of the well sites.

The U.S. Geological Survey has stated wastewater disposal into deep geologic formations is a likely contributing factor to an increase in quakes. The USGS issued a joint earthquake advisory with the Oklahoma Geological Survey Tuesday, because of hundreds of temblors there.

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See SMU's North Texas Earthquake Study site.

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