Suddenly, for the first time in recorded history, Youngstown, Ohio is an earthquake zone. Wonder why?
The Mahoning Valley has experienced seven minor earthquakes since March — the only quakes ever recorded with epicenters in the Valley.
The sudden occurrences have experts now examining a brine- water injection well near Salt Springs Road and state Route 711. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is looking into the correlation between the 18-month-old well and the earthquakes.
UPDATE: see the comments for more information about Ohio quakes.
MARK MY WORDS HERE:
If they continue to link injection wells to the earthquakes, industry will have to come up with new ways to dispose of the MASSIVE amounts of waste that is created from this unconventional/bizarre drilling method. Watch for all kinds of new uses for toxic drilling waste to emerge in marketing campaigns.
Invest in asbestos undergarments.
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Jim Schermbeck says
They’ll just burn it in cement kilns….
Not saying there is no link between injection wells and some earthquakes, but, your opening statement is incorrect.
On January 31, 1986, many northeastern Ohio residents were startled into the realization that this area is seismically active; historically, the region has the second highest frequency of earthquake activity of any area of the state. Only Shelby County and vicinity in western Ohio have experienced more earthquakes in historic times. The 1986 northeastern Ohio earthquake has the distinction of being the most intensively studied Ohio earthquake, the first earth quake in the state for which injuries were recorded, and the nearest earthquake to a nuclear power plant in the United States. The 1986 event ranks as probably the third largest earthquake in Ohio.
That’s interesting, Charlie. I guess the news source I quoted from didn’t know about these other earthquakes. Where these other quakes specifically with epicenters in the valley?
I don’t think there have been any earthquakes recorded (in the last century?) with epicenters in Youngstown. But there has been earthquake activity in the region as close as 20 miles away so it should be considered an earthquake zone. The injection well may be linked to the recently activity though.
1986 Ohio quake was caused by waste injection well in Ashtabula County.