YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Scientists have produced a 1-year “seismic hazard forecast” for 2016, which includes contributions from both induced and natural earthquakes.
The study was released by the U.S. Geological Survey. It lists human-induced earthquakes since 1980, triggered mostly by wastewater disposal from oil and gas production.
The most are around Oklahoma, but in Ohio, Youngstown is listed, as well as Ashtabula — specifically the area around the Perry Nuclear Power Plant.
New restrictions have led to fewer injection wells around Youngstown, but the scientists warn the danger could reoccur.
The risks of human-caused earthquakes in Youngstown has decreased this year, however.
Scientists forecast a less than 1-percent chance Youngstown will experience damage from a human-induced earthquake in 2016.