STEM Café: Earthquakes and Fracking
Name: STEM Café: Earthquakes and Fracking
Date: March 18, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CDT
We don’t usually think of the central United States as earthquake territory. However, at least 26 minor earthquakes have rattled northern Illinois in the past 100 years, and in recent years Oklahoma has experienced more “felt” earthquakes (magnitude 3 or higher) than California. Where are faults located in the northern Illinois region, and what unmapped faults might be active here? How are human activities, such as fracking and wastewater disposal, triggering earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S.? Join us for an earth-shaking discussion of seismic activity in the northern Illinois region and the central U.S. with NIU Geology professors Philip Carpenter and Megan Brown.