SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Federal scientists say the chance of damaging earthquakes hitting east of the Rockies has increased significantly, much of it a man-made byproduct of drilling for energy. Oklahoma now has a 1 in 8 chance of damaging quakes in 2016, surpassing California as the state with the highest probability.
In a first-of-its-kind effort, U.S. Geological Survey Monday released a map forecasting damaging quakes in the current year.READ MORE: Barry Bonds Denied Entry To Baseball Hall Of Fame In Final Year On Ballot
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USGS seismologists said 7 million people live in areas where the risk has dramatically jumped for earthquakes caused by disposal of wastewater, a byproduct of drilling for oil and gas. That is mostly concentrated in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Colorado and Arkansas.
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