Earthquakes-Rattling the Earth's Plumbing System

Fact Sheet 096-03
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Hydrogeologic responses to earthquakes have been known for decades, and have occurred both close to, and thousands of miles from earthquake epicenters. Water wells have become turbid, dry or begun flowing, discharge of springs and ground water to streams has increased and new springs have formed, and well and surface-water quality have become degraded as a result of earthquakes. Earthquakes affect our Earth’s intricate plumbing system—whether you live near the notoriously active San Andreas Fault in California, or far from active faults in Florida, an earthquake near or far can affect you and the water resources you depend on.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Earthquakes-Rattling the Earth's Plumbing System
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 096-03
DOI 10.3133/fs09603
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) California Water Science Center, Office of Groundwater, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center
Description 5 p.
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