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Environment: GROUNDWATER EXTRACTION LINKED TO LORCA QUAKE


Groundwater Extraction Linked to Lorca Quake

Scientists say a deadly earthquake in Spain last year was likely triggered by decades of groundwater extraction, which caused an 820-foot (250-meter) drop in the groundwater level of the Alto Guadalentin basin over the past half a century. The town of Lorca, where the 5.1-magnitude quake claimed the lives of nine people in May 2011, is located in a seismically active region. Researchers believe that the removal of groundwater placed stress on the nearby Alhama de Murcia Fault, leading to the earthquake. More…Discuss