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Earthquakes Were Used To Control Earthquakes?

Fifty years ago scientists claimed that induced earthquakes can be used to control and reduce earthquakes. However, in reality this is not true. Contemporary research does not speak in favour of induced earthquakes. This excerpt from 1969 describes how scientists planned to defuse earthquakes.

The Federal Council for Science and Technology … recommends a 10-year national earthquake research program to find ways to predict when and where quakes will strike and … [how to] defuse and prevent earthquakes, or at least modify them. Basically, the idea is simple: Inject fluid into underground rock, release the strain and produce a gradual series of tiny earthquakes or tremors instead of one violent jolt. — Science News, February 8, 1969

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Controlled burns can be effective at managing forest fires where the scale makes water and foam impractical. Although sometimes the fire gets out of hand, and there is always of a question of whether those cases were more or less damaging than an eventual fire without management.
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Yet fracking proponents claim injecting of wastewater doesn't cause earthquakes? Or are they ultimately reducing the prospect of a "big one" in the areas where "fracking earthquakes" are suspected of occuring, like in OK?
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