Magnitude 4.0 – YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN URBAN AREA, OHIO

A Magnitude 4.0 earthquake was reported this afternoon at 20:04:58 UTC in northeastern Ohio.  This is in the same area as a sequence of earthquakes thought to be associated with injection wells used to dispose of oil drilling waste fluids.  The injection wells operations were suspended yesterday by the state of Ohio and the operator of the well.

Even though my seismograph in Millersburg, OH  is not well suited to picking up local earthquakes and the display has been quite noisy the last few days, with a small amount of processing I did pick up a signal that appears to be caused by the earthquake in question.

The USGS arrival time information is shown:

DATE-(UTC)-TIME    LAT    LON     DEPTH MAG   Q   COMMENTS
2011/12/31 20:04:58  41.16N  80.73W   2.2 4.0      us: YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN AREA,

delta   azimuth (degrees clockwise from north)
(deg)      eq-to-station     station-to-eq
1.06          236.2              55.4

travel   arrival time
#  code      time(s)  dy hr mn sec
1  Pg          20.39   0 20  5 18
2  sPg         20.92   0 20  5 18
3  Pb          21.09   0 20  5 19
4  pPb         21.44   0 20  5 19
5  sPb         21.83   0 20  5 19
6  Pn          21.88   0 20  5 19
7  pPn         22.41   0 20  5 20
8  sPn         22.74   0 20  5 20
9  Sg          35.19   0 20  5 33
10  Sb          36.46   0 20  5 34
11  sSb         37.05   0 20  5 35
12  Sn          38.13   0 20  5 36
13  sSn         39.00   0 20  5 37
14  PcP        510.96   0 20 13 28
15  ScP        722.84   0 20 17  0
16  PcS        723.12   0 20 17  1
17  ScS        935.02   0 20 20 33
18  PKiKP      994.23   0 20 21 32
19  pPKiKP     994.99   0 20 21 32
20  sPKiKP     995.27   0 20 21 33
21  SKiKP     1206.10   0 20 25  4
22  PKKPdf    1917.27   0 20 36 55
23  SKKPdf    2129.14   0 20 40 27
24  PKKSdf    2129.42   0 20 40 27
25  SKKSdf    2341.29   0 20 43 59
26  P'P'df    2428.55   0 20 45 26
27  S'S'df    3276.86   0 20 59 34

Postscript:

Several people have asked me about the triggering of earthquakes by hydraulic fracturing and waste injection wells.  The USGS has a FAQ page on the subject.