Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Small earthquake in Basel.

So, there was an earthquake (2.9 on the Richter scale) this afternoon about 5:45 this evening in Basel. It is suspected that the now suspended geothermal power plant that was being built is the cause. The power plant was shut down in December after there was a 3.4 earthquake. Turns out pumping water into an unlined karst geologic structure is a bad idea. Who would have thought that? Pretty much anyone with a university degree in Geology, Geography or Civil Engineering, I should think.

The Basler Zeitung has the story (in German)

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