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Scientists Might Have Found Unmapped Oklahoma Faults

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    Geologists say they might have found previously unmapped faults in Oklahoma that could be contributing to a sharp increase in induced earthquakes in the state. The report says data indicates the suspected faults were activated by wastewater injection.
    The possible faults were found in a study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey that used magnetic imaging to explore the rock formations below the earth's surface.
    It focused on areas around earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 or greater since 2011.    
    Oklahoma averaged just one magnitude 3.0 earthquake a year before 2009. That number jumped to 903 in 2015, before declining to 304 last year. 

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