Powerful, faraway quakes can trigger tremors around US oil and gas fields, study suggests

  • by: ALICIA CHANG , AP Science Writer
  • Updated: July 11, 2013 - 3:00 PM

LOS ANGELES — The powerful earthquake that rocked Japan in 2011 set off tremors around a West Texas oil field, according to new research that suggests oil and gas drilling operations may make fault zones sensitive to shock waves from distant big quakes.

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