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Earthquake shakes the Rhineland

The Local · 9 Sep 2011, 10:31

Published: 09 Sep 2011 10:31 GMT+02:00

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Rated 4.4 on the Richter Scale, the earthquake upset many people, causing hundreds of simultaneously placed emergency calls to police in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia. Though strong for a region unused to quakes, the minor tremor caused no injuries or property damage.

Professor Klaus Hinzen from the University of Cologne pinpointed the epicentre as the town of Goch, bordering the Netherlands in the Lower Rhine region.

The earthquake occurred after 9 pm and was felt within a radius of 200 kilometres.

“From Bielefeld to Brussels, in the Bonn area, and even as far as Amsterdam,” Hinzen said.

Thursday’s quake was the strongest reported this autumn in Germany. In the past few days, many earthquakes had been recorded in the eastern German region of Vogtland, however, these were much weaker.

Seismologist Nicolai Gestermann from the Institute for Geosciences in Hannover said that such middle intensity earthquakes occur once or twice annually in Germany and generally do not cause large scale damage.

Nonetheless, all fire stations and police departments in North-Rhine Westphalia had to answer hundreds of telephone inquiries from worried citizens. The police in Kleve – about ten kilometres from the epicentre – reported more than 350 emergency calls. Even in the Ruhr Valley, though, and in areas near Cologne and Bonn, more than 100 kilometres away from the quake’s centre, and near Münster, calls regarding the earthquake still came in.

“It shook, and then there was a massive amount of requests,” said a fire department spokesman in Dortmund.

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A police spokesman in Cologne was amazed that “some extremely sensitive” people had actually called about the earthquake, which was basically unnoticeable that far away.

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18:08 September 9, 2011 by beccadog
Myriad of earthquakes have occurred across the USA, wherever hydraulic fracturing for natural gas from shales and coal has occurred. It is not the fracking, as it is called that has contributed to the earth quakes, but the injection of the hazardous fracking fluids and the roughly 6 million pounds of once fresh water which together are injected into deep wells far beneath the surface of the earth that has been strongly linked to the increased earth quakes even in areas that have not experienced them before.

I recall growing up in Denver, Colorado, USA and having experienced earthquakes when hazardous wastes were injected into deep wells on the north side of Denver. When the injection stopped, the earth quakes stopped. Now, with increased fracking by the fossil fuels industry to glean the natural gas from shales, the earthquakes are occurring again, and in greater number than 50 years ago.

The fracking fluids were exempted from the clean air, clean water, and safe drinking water laws and regulations, plus the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was forbidden from taking action to regulate these materials. This was compliments of former president George W. Bush and Halliburton CEO and former vice president Dick Cheney. In addition, the fracking fluids were exempted from any right to know laws. These are hazardous pollutants, and without standards or regulations, they not only can show up in our drinking water wells, rivers, streams, lakes, but it is unknown if any drinking water filter could reduce them. After all, if you don't know for what to test, the chemicals cannot be reduced in the water.

Fracking has contributed to tapped water becoming inflammable, buildings exploding, water being undrinkable and I suggest unknown deaths from polluted waters will increase. By the way, hydraulic fracturing was invented by Halliburton, the oil and gas service company, which former Vice President Dick Cheney has headed.

Major corruption in the United States of America continues! And the GOP--the Republican Party which so long promoted the right to life has turned out to stand for the Greedy Old Party putting corporations over the life of even infants and fetuses due to monetary gains.

Is this the reason for the earth quakes in Germany?
22:28 September 9, 2011 by adipk
I am sure Alqaida is also behind this. but thanks god authorities found them earlier before they bring bigger quack . any way that was fun. But May God keep safe every one
02:24 September 10, 2011 by Larry Thrash
It's Bush's fault. It that doesn't work try the other silly reasons, it's the Jews, capitalism, Christians, white people, and don't forget the evil rich people.
03:54 September 10, 2011 by beccadog
Considering what is going on throughout the USA, I don't think it is Al Qaeda that caused the earthquake in Germany. Thousands of earthquakes have occurred across the USA, wherever hazardous wastes, raw sewage, wastewater flow-back and brine treatment, and fracking with chemical wastes has occurred, roughly 9,000 feet below the surface.

I mistakenly wrote that "6 million pounds" of this waste water was injected. It's more like six million GALLONS or 22,700,000 liters per well per day and each well can be fracked ten times or more during its lifetime.

Seventeen earthquakes happened in the Greenbrier area of northern Falukner County, Arkansas on February 16 between 3:30 in the morning and 11:05 in the evening. The strongest of those registered 3.5 on the Richter Scale. The second strongest was a 2.9 tremor reported KARK 4 News. Hundreds of earthquakes occurred in the Greenbrier area. http://tinyurl.com/dvph4

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission is convinced there's a link between fracking waste disposal wells and the swarm of earthquakes hitting part of the state. And, they voted to shut down natural gas drilling disposal well and ban others in the area where hundreds of small earthquakes had occurred.

There are several ways of disposing of the hazardous/toxic waste water ­none of them safe. 1) Surface impoundments, which ultimately leak into the groundwater and poison drinking water wells and agriculture; directly into surface waters, (e.g. streams, rivers poisoning fisheries, agriculture, livestock, wildlife); 3) Injection into deep wells, earthquakes, explosions, poisons, methane igniting in waters.

A rare earthquake shook the Washington, D.C. area on August 23, 2011, damaging National Cathedral and the Washington Monument and shaking the two aging nuclear reactors. The epicenter was in nearby Virginia. Dominion Power representatives say the reactors were designed to withstand earthquakes of 5.9-6.1, perilously close to the 5.8-5.9 level of this quake.

Across the USA reports have linked earthquakes to fracking, and polluted waters,explosions in homes and businesses. In 2010, the Democratic controlled Congress ordered an investigation but Halliburton refused to comply with the US EPA order. The CEO of Halliburton is former Vice President of the U.S., Dick Cheney.

On December 10, 2009, the New York Times reported: "...A $60 million project to extract renewable energy from the hot bedrock deep beneath Basel, Switzerland, was shut down permanently on Thursday after a government study determined that earthquakes generated by the project were likely to do millions of dollars in damage each year...The article was entitled Quake Threats Lead Swiss to Close Geothermal Process.

While FRACKING is moving into Europe, France is moving to outlaw fracking and protests are occurring in South Africa (in the threatened Karoo ecosystem). Exxon has passed on fracking secrets onto the Russians.
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