Week 2014.39 (September 28-October 4) ~ A farewell to wilderness

One of the smaller earthquakes we heard here in Maine this week tells a very troubling story. At about 03:49 in this week’s program you can hear the distinctive slap of a quake of magnitude 4.4, located in Harper County, Kansas. Historically, this area has been seismically quiet, but in the past year it has seen an unusual uptick in seismic activity. Although no one can say with certainty what caused this particular earthquake, a growing body of circumstantial scientific evidence gathered from Ohio, Colorado, Oklahama, and now Kansas all point to the same culprit: the underground injection of wastewater from fracking operations.
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Week 2014.37 (September 14-20) ~ Another week without an asteroid

Good news! This week a continent-ripping magnitude 9.0 earthquake in the western United States did not occur. Nor did a powerful tsunami-generating earthquake occur in the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans. Nor were there any “city-killing” asteroid impacts. Each of these events is inevitable; this week we got off easy.
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