CalTech Seismologist: Fracking Did Not Cause Earthquake

by Jennifer Van Laar, July 7, 2019, Red State

Seismologists with the US Geological Survey and CalTech have been an invaluable resource for both the press and the public in the wake of two major earthquakes near Ridgecrest, California this weekend. They’ve given hours-long press conferences and answered detailed questions about the earthquakes that have already occurred and what Californians can expect in the near future as a result.

Dr. Egill Hauksson, a seismologist at CalTech, held a press conference Saturday in which he was asked by a reporter, “Could fracking in Kern County have anything to do with these earthquakes?”

In his quick reply he seemed to be stifling a chuckle.


PHOTO CREDIT: – A fracking site in Lower Saxony, Germany – By Battenbrook – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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