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Man-made earthquakes: Fact or fiction?

Earthquakes in Oklahoma used to be something of a rarity, but a few years ago, that began to change. Starting in 2009, the number of quakes began to increase. By 2014, the state was experiencing three times as many quakes as California.

What’s going on? This short video explains why this is happening across the U.S. and who scientists think the culprits are.



Director and Producer
Ariane Wu

Based on reporting by Michael Corey and Joe Wertz

Duncan Heath

Additional narration
Queena Kim

Video Editor
Ariane Wu

Production Assistants
Anna Vignet
Greta Mart

Animation by

Sound Mixer
Christopher Galipo

“News Flash”
“Walking Man”
“Outlaw Trail”
“Hobo in the Hood”
“Desert Drop”
“Vampire Strut”
“Rockabilly Jo”

Courtesy of Audio Network

Executive Producer: Amanda Pike

Editorial Director: Robert Salladay

Images and footage from
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Oklahoma Geological Survey
Oklahoma Corporation Commission
“Superman: Electric Earthquake” (1942)
The FracTracker Alliance
California Department of Conservation Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources
Northern California Earthquake Data Center and UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
California Geological Survey
United States Geological Survey

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