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Passage: Earthquake theory Dispute

During a hearing this week, one of the scientists who authored a study released last month that found natural causes were not responsible for an increase in earthquakes, countered the conclusions by environmentalists that hydraulic fracturing was directly linked to the cause.

“The injection of fluids can and do indeed trigger earthquakes,” said Matthew Hornbach, Southern Methodist University associate professor of geophysics, before the Texas state House Energy Resources Committee, reports the San Angelo State Times.

He added that only a tiny fraction of injection wells are causing earthquakes, which have mild shakes that don’t generally cause damage.

The SMU study was published last month in the journal Nature Communications and focused on a series of earthquakes that occurred in the area around Azle, Texas, between November 2013 and January 2014. During that period, 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes were detected and monitored by scientists at SMU and the U.S. Geological Survey.
“In fact, it’s been driving us crazy, frankly, that people keep using it in the press,” Hornbach told state lawmakers during the hearing.

During a hearing this week, one of the scientists who authored a study released last month that found natural causes were not responsible for an increase in earthquakes, countered the conclusions by environmentalists that hydraulic fracturing was directly linked to the cause.

“The injection of fluids can and do indeed trigger earthquakes,” said Matthew Hornbach, Southern Methodist University associate professor of geophysics, before the Texas state House Energy Resources Committee, reports the San Angelo State Times.

He added that only a tiny fraction of injection wells are causing earthquakes, which have mild shakes that don’t generally cause damage.

The SMU study was published last month in the journal Nature Communications and focused on a series of earthquakes that occurred in the area around Azle, Texas, between November 2013 and January 2014. During that period, 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes were detected and monitored by scientists at SMU and the U.S. Geological Survey.
“In fact, it’s been driving us crazy, frankly, that people keep using it in the press,” Hornbach told state lawmakers during the hearing.
Q1. Countered

a) In accordance

b) In opposition

c) A number of

d) Judged

 

Q2. Fraction

a)  A very small amount

b)  A very large amount

c)  An average amount

d)  Unlimited amount

 

Q3. Magnitude

a)  Greatness of size or amount

b)  Precarious

c)  terrific

d)  blown up

 

Q4. Author

a) productions of a publisher

b) productions of a writer

c)  productions of a thinker

d)  productions of a reader
 

Answers

  1. b)
  2. a)
  3. a)
  4. b)

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