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Magnitude 3.0 Earthquake hits Gulf of Mexico New Orleans
« on: August 03, 2010, 07:33:05 pm »
The earthquake occurred at a depth of 3.1 miles according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Infrequent earthquakes occur here. By the very nature of this being a shallow earthquake, it is probably related to oil drilling. Subsidence due to removal of oil and gas in the earth's crust is probably responsible for this event.

An alternate cause might be due to a fault that runs parallel to the famous New Madrid- St Lawrence River fault that triggered the largest historical earthquake to strike the continental United States. This happened in the winter of 1811 to 1812 along the New Madrid seismic zone, which stretches from just west of Memphis, Tenn., into southern Illinois.
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