According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma and Kansas will continue to experience damaging earthquakes due to activities by the oil and gas industry.
But the report also notes that the overall seismic hazard for 2017 is lower than last year.
Released in its second annual forecast on natural and human-caused seismic risk, the forecast follows years of speculation about the coincidence between Oklahoma’s recent spike in seismic activity and an oil boom in the state.
Scientists have attributed the increase in seismic activity to the use of wastewater disposal wells.
The forecast is a part of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project.
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