Time-Lapse Map Shows The Number Of Earthquakes Fracking Has Caused (VIDEO)

Oklahoma has experienced an increase in tectonic events by 22,900% since high-pressure hydraulic fracturing (fracking) began in 2008. That is a dramatic increase, to say the least. Other areas, such as Texas and Ohio, have seen an increase in seismic activity increase since fracking began in their regions as well. To visualize this increase in seismic activity, Reveal News has created a video that shows the seismic activity in Oklahoma. In an article that accompanies the video, Reveal News compares the number of earthquakes that took place in Oklahoma, compared to California, a state infamous for earthquakes. They report:

“Oklahoma recorded more than three times as many earthquakes as California in 2014 and remains well ahead in 2015. Data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that Oklahoma had 562 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in 2014; California had 180. As of Jan. 31, Oklahoma recorded 76 earthquakes of that magnitude, compared with California’s 10.

According to the Advanced National Seismic System global catalog, in 2014, Oklahoma even beat Alaska, the nation’s perennial leader in total earthquakes, though many small events in remote areas go unrecorded there.

In California, earthquakes always have been relatively common, but in Oklahoma, they were much more rare – at least until 2009.”

Fracking has been a contentious issue in the United States, but more and more people’s attitudes are shifting towards viewing the natural gas extraction process as unfavorable. Pew Research conducted a poll in March 2013 that found 48% of people viewing increased use of fracking favorable. The same poll was conducted in November 2014. They had found that the number of people who favored an increase in fracking had fallen to 41%.

Image Courtesy: Pew Reaserch

Image Courtesy: Pew Research

As more information comes out about the dangers of fracking those numbers are sure to continue dropping. I mean come on; we already have to worry about rising sea levels, heat waves, increased severity, and frequency of storms because of climate change. Do we really need to add more earthquakes to the mix too?

You can watch the video uploaded to Facebook by Reveal News below.