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Small earthquakes at fracking sites may be early indicators of bigger tremors to come

diagram of hydraulic fracking
Credit: Clara Yoon
Dec 12 2017
Fellow, Research, Stanford

Stanford geoscientists have devised a way of detecting thousands of faint, previously missed earthquakes triggered by hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

The technique can be used to monitor seismic activities at fracking operations to help reduce the likelihood of bigger, potentially damaging earthquakes from occurring, according to the new study.

Lead author Clara Yoon is a 2013 Chevron Fellow.