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Arkansas Earthquakes Could Be Man-Made 264

oxide7 writes "The small earthquakes that struck north central Arkansas could be from a combination of natural and man-made activity. Some experts think that pumping water into the ground as part of the extraction process of natural gas could cause local seismic events."
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Arkansas Earthquakes Could Be Man-Made

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  • Oh Gasland (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 01, 2011 @10:22AM (#35346980)

    What do you think? []

  • by Stradenko ( 160417 ) on Tuesday March 01, 2011 @10:40AM (#35347118) Homepage

    The 4.7 and 4.3 were kind of freaky (4.7 especially, as evidenced by some ridiculous 911 calls [] from the neighboring city of Conway, ~13 miles south). Everything under 4 or so is just noise.

    I just hope science proves it's these injection wells, so I have someone to sue when my house comes crashing down and I'm out the 10% deductible in my earthquake rider.

    All that said, local opinion seems to be that tornadoes are scarier than earthquakes.

  • Re:That's OK. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Tuesday March 01, 2011 @10:58AM (#35347252) Homepage Journal

    For conservatives or libertarians, such rampant imposition of externalities on other people's persons and properties should be recognized as making a mockery of man's right to person and property, and the state's legitimate role in preserving the same.

    There are two problems. One is that people in the aggregate is easily led, this hardly bears further discussion in the context of this conversation. The other is that the real voters, the people with money, are the ones who are imposing the externalities. It's all gravy to them. So long as the ability to make decisions is concentrated in these individuals the decisions can only be selfish.

  • by MrNemesis ( 587188 ) on Tuesday March 01, 2011 @11:34AM (#35347548) Homepage Journal

    For an even more impressive example, read about the Vajont Dam in Italy. []

    An engineering marvel for its time, the dam was built based on shoddy geology - there was a faultline running up one side of the adjacent mountain. In a nutshell, filling up the dam forced water into the fault, which eventually caused half the mountain to fall into the dam. The dam was well built enough to not break - but the water spilled out over the top and killed about 2000 people.

    However, the hand-wringing of the article is a bit unwarranted. It's well known that pumping stuff in and out of rock is bound to cause seismic instabilities. Magnitude 4-5 stuff (assuming they mean moment magnitude? They don't say) is generally considered small fry.

  • Re:That's OK. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by spun ( 1352 ) <> on Tuesday March 01, 2011 @01:21PM (#35348706) Journal

    Uh, that "philosophy" is not something anyone espouses. It is something people DO, while saying something different. Libertarians reject government regulations, such as environmental regulations. Yet they claim to want government to protect their person and property, as that is the only fitting role for government, providing police and an army. Well, how do you protect people's health and property from negative externalities like pollution without environmental regulations? Do you see, libertarians CLAIM they want government to protect people from assault, but they don't. Pollution is assault. It harms health and property, yet libertarians do not want government to protect you from THAT kind of assault. They want to be free to assault you in any possible way, without interference. When libertarians claim government has a monopoly on violence, what they really means is, "I wish I could use violence to get my way."

What this country needs is a good five cent ANYTHING!