Monday, August 2, 2010

Magnitude 3.0 Earthquake Hits New Orleans Region

Magnitude 3.0 Earthquake hits Gulf of Mexico New Orleans Region by Geologist Chris Landau

A magnitude 3.0 Earthquake has occurred yesterday, almost at midnight, 80 miles NW of New Orleans and 35 miles) NNE of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sunday, August 01, 2010 at 11:34:28 PM with an epicenter located at 30.873N, 90.874W. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 3.1 miles according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Infrequent earthquakes occur here. By the very nature of this being a shallow earthquake, it is probably related to oil drilling. Subsidence due to removal of oil and gas in the earth's crust is probably responsible for this event.

Editor's note: The removal of oil and gas...sounds like the BP Gulf Oil disaster may cause a domino effect by disturbing the New Madrid fault line.

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