Thursday earthquakes shake Wichita


Earthquake study

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Another earthquake shook the Wichita area early Thursday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 2.7 magnitude earthquake centered near 13th and Webb, near Wichita Collegiate School, around 2:30 a.m., and another 2.7 magnitude quake followed around 7:30 a.m. in the same area.

The same area had a 2.5 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday, and a similar earthquake on Tuesday.

Thursday’s earthquakes marks seven in the area in the past two weeks.

William Parcell, Wichita State University Department of Geology chair, told KSN News after Tuesday’s quake that they haven’t been able to run experiments yet, and they don’t know exactly why they occurring. He has a theory.

“But from other earthquakes that we’ve seen occurring in the area in the past few years, it may have something to do with wastewater injection wells in south-central Kansas in northern Oklahoma,” said Parcell. “There aren’t any wastewater injection wells in east Wichita that I’m aware of, but the wastewater that is injected can flow away from the well that it’s injected into and influenced the pressures on faults in the, in the near vicinity.”

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