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Recent Spate of Tremblers in Kansas Just Might be Subsiding

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Recent Spate of Tremblers in Kansas Just Might be Subsiding
Illustration:  A look at earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 2.0 that were recorded in Kansas in 2019. (Courtesy | Kansas Geological Survey)

WICHITA, Kansas On Aug. 16, the second day of the school year, students in the Burrton district felt the shake of a 4.2 magnitude earthquake. They knew exactly what to do: hide under their desks until it stopped. […] Only in the last five years have earthquake drills and damage — one of the Burrton ISD buildings hasn’t been used since August — been a reality in Kansas. A small oil and gas boom dramatically increased the amount of wastewater being injected into the ground, which put pressure on ancient faults.

While experts say the overall trend is declining and the recent spike in earthquakes near Hutchinson shouldn’t last long, some cities are looking for solutions that could lead to more problems. […]

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