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New approach to managing risk of earthquakes triggered by fracking

Earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing can damage property and endanger lives. Stanford researchers have developed guidelines to slow fracking operations based on local risks.
A hydraulic fracturing drill site in southwestern Pennsylvania. (Image credit: Doug Duncan, USGS)
A hydraulic fracturing drill site in southwestern Pennsylvania. (Image credit: Doug Duncan, USGS)

The approach, developed by four Stanford University researchers, including CEE Professor Jack Baker, and published April 28 in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, centers on a calculation of the risk that shaking triggered by a given project will be felt in surrounding communities – long before earthquakes grow large enough to do harm.

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