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Monday, October 5, 2015

Was a Small Earthquake in Harrison County Last Week Related to Shale Development?

From The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register:
The earthquake struck the Moorefield Township area, about 10.5 miles southwest of Cadiz, just after 11:30 pm A universal earthquake tracker rated the quake at 2.1 on the Richter scale, meaning it was not very strong. The Richter scale indicates that earthquakes rating 2.0 to 2.9 are classified as minor and are generally felt only slightly. They also do not cause damage to buildings, and more than 1 million tremors of that magnitude occur every year. 
"There was no effect to people's homes," Wilson said. 
Wilson said the Emergency Management Agency was on alert for flooding in the Moorefield and Piedmont areas Tuesday due to the recent heavy rains. They heard about the quake by checking in with 911 dispatch. 
Wilson said he could not speculate about whether the earthquake was related to fracking, or hydraulic fracturing related to the natural gas industry. The nearest gas well pad is located on Kennedy Ridge Road and owned by Ascent Resources. Wilson said the online image of the earthquake's location was reported to Ascent.
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