San Francisco Is Harnessing Public Pressure to Increase Seismic Safety

The most important thing a city can do to reduce its earthquake risk is to ensure its buildings meet a strong seismic code. San Francisco is rolling out new safety laws about soft story collapse, but not everyone is complying. In response, they're harnessing public pressure to help with enforcement. » 10/10/14 6:23pm 10/10/14 6:23pm

You Can't Blame Fracking for Every Natural Disaster

I'm seeing a lot of stories about the link between injection wells and induced earthquakes in Oklahoma, but most of them make the same error. This study had nothing to do with fracking. The injection wells in Oklahoma causing the swarms of small-magnitude earthquakes are actually used for getting rid of wastewater. » 7/08/14 11:45am 7/08/14 11:45am

Oklahoma’s strongest earthquake has been linked to the oil industry

A new study in the journal Geology is linking Oklahoma’s November 6th, 2011, earthquake to the injection of wastewater deep underground — water that’s used both in fracking and the extraction of petroleum from conventional oil wells. The 5.6 magnitude quake, the most significant to ever hit the region, injured two… » 3/28/13 6:20am 3/28/13 6:20am