Fourth Strongest Quake In Texas History Rattles Nation’s Largest Fracking Region

By Tyler Durden

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake rattled parts of the Permian basin on Friday. The area is the largest oil-producing region in the US, located in West Texas — and has more fracking operations than anywhere in the world.

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck northwest of Midland around 5:35 pm local time; and three minutes later, a tremor of magnitude 3.3 followed.

It’s the second time in 30 days that a sizeable quake has hit the West Texas region. The last was Nov. 16, when a 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit the area.

“I thought it was the wind until I realized the wind wouldn’t be making the light fixtures sway. Midland will get tremors that are rarely even felt but that was a full blown earthquake,” someone in West Texas tweeted.

On Friday evening, the National Weather Service’s Midland tweeted:

“We just felt an earthquake here at the office! While we don’t actively monitor or track earthquakes … but this would be the 4th strongest earthquake in Texas state history!”

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Earthquakes have been linked to fracking operations. Latest data via Bloomberg shows shale oil production in Permian Basin has jumped to a record high.

The USGS wrote in a recent study that a magnitude-five quake that struck West Texas in 2020 resulted from frackers injecting wastewater into wells in the region.

Source: ZeroHedge

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