Groundwater removal linked to quake

Pumping water from the ground in southeastern Spain may have triggered a deadly 2011 earthquake there

By Stephen Ornes, 11:58 AM November 8, 2012



People in southeastern Spain pump water from the ground for drinking and for watering crops. That action may have helped set off an earthquake that killed nine people in 2011, a new study concludes.


Geologist Pablo González at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, worked on the new study. He told Science News that the earthquake struck in a region of Spain where quakes occur regularly. The fatal one in 2011 probably would have struck anyway, he says.


“Even without the ground...

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