Minnesota at Low Risk for Earthquakes

Officials Say Fracking Causes Increased Risk in Low-Risk States

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A devastating, historic earthquake in Nepal has killed, at last count, more than 4,000 people.

But officials say the State of Minnesota is at a very low–risk for experiencing an earthquake, because the state is in the middle of a continent and not near any plate boundary.

That being said, smaller earthquakes have hit Minnesota before, and should not be ruled out completely.

“There can be earthquakes and they would be small, and what they would really be is ancient faults or fractures in the crust, that could become activated,” explained UMD Earth Science Professor, Vicki Hansen.

Experts say states that were once low–risk have become high–risk with an increase in fracking.

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