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Earthquakes - Rattling the Earth's Plumbing System

Hydrogeologic responses to earthquakes have been known for decades, and have occurred both close to, and thousands of miles from earthquake epicenters. Water wells have become turbid, dry or begun flowing, discharge of springs and ground water to streams has increased and new springs have formed, and well and surface-water quality have become degraded as a result of earthquakes. Earthquakes affect our Earth’s intricate plumbing system—whether you live near the notoriously active San Andreas Fault in California, or far from active faults in Florida, an earthquake near or far can affect you and the water resources you depend on.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-11-05 14:37:15
Description Hydrogeologic responses to earthquakes have been known for decades, and have occurred both close to, and thousands of miles from earthquake epicenters. Water wells have become turbid, dry or begun flowing, discharge of springs and ground water to streams has increased and new springs have formed, and well and surface-water quality have become degraded as a result of earthquakes. Earthquakes affect our Earth’s intricate plumbing system—whether you live near the notoriously active San Andreas Fault in California, or far from active faults in Florida, an earthquake near or far can affect you and the water resources you depend on.
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Source United States Geological Survey
Keyword Water, Earthquake, Geological Survey
Selector Bates
Date Of Record Creation 2009-11-05 14:32:13
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Date Last Modified 2010-07-13 18:13:43
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-11-05 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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