A magnitude-5.4 earthquake that struck the South Korean city of Pohang on 15 November 2017 was probably triggered by an experimental geothermal power plant injecting water a few kilometres underground, a research team reports. A second independent analysis also finds the plant’s involvement to be plausible.
The pair of studies, published online on 26 April in Science, heighten scrutiny of the potential role of the geothermal plant in the quake, which was South Korea’s second-strongest since observations began in 1978 and the most destructive ever recorded in the country. Eighty-two people were injured and more than 200 homes were seriously damaged.
Fracking Might Have Led To 5.5 Magnitude Earthquake That Injured Nearly 100 People: Study
Fracking may have led to one of the most powerful earthquakes to strike South Korea since records began, scientists believe. On November 15, 2017, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the city of Pohang. The quake and its aftershocks injured at least 82 people and damaged thousands of buildings at a cost in the tens of millions of dollars…..