Fracking Wastewater Disposal Can Cause Quakes, Says Seismologist

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In an interview with KTLA on Wednesday, Caltech seismologist discussed fracking and California’s ongoing drought and their effect on earthquake faults.

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Relatively low water levels, as a result of drought conditions, do not have a significant impact on fault lines, Jones said.

Similarly, fracking itself does not result in major temblors, according to Jones, who is popularly known as “the Earthquake Lady.” However, she said, the wastewater that is pumped deep into the ground after the fracking process can potentially cause quakes of magnitude 5.0 or larger.

Jessica Holmes and Frank Buckley interviewed Jones for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.