The earthquake swarm that rocked the Gulf coast this week has spawned an array of media coverage, from TV to social media, but a new study has found that while the quake is a natural phenomenon, there are potentially far more potential earthquakes occurring elsewhere in the country.
According to a report published by the US Geological Survey, there have been more than 200 natural earthquakes in the US and Mexico since April, and in the case of the Louisiana area, at least one person was killed and many were injured.
According for the report, there is the possibility of more earthquake activity in the next few months.
“We expect that many of these quakes will occur in places where there are very high levels of hydrocarbon extraction and where there is significant pressure to extract these resources,” said USGS seismologist Jennifer D’Agostino.
“There are likely more than 1,000 earthquakes in these areas, and we expect that those earthquakes will be more severe and larger than the ones that we saw last year.”
The report noted that the area around the New Orleans area is already prone to quakes, with recent tremors occurring in March and May.
“A similar quakes were detected in the central Texas Panhandle in June and August,” the report said.
According to the report by the Texas Department of State Health Services, more than 8,700 earthquakes have been recorded in the state in the last three years, with more than 3,000 recorded in 2017 alone.
As for the number of people injured, the report stated that “there were no fatalities reported in the area”.
“The earthquake swarm may pose a potential hazard to local residents,” the authors of the report wrote.
“There is a higher probability that some or all of the individuals injured may be residents of the affected areas.”