Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.2 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
5.1 Earthquake hits the Cook Strait, New Zealand.
Oil Companies Begin ‘Fracking’ in China’s Most Dangerous Earthquake Zone
The Chinese want to join the shale gas revolution, even if it means drilling for oil in China’s earthquake hot bed in the Sichuan region, where nearly 70,000 died in an earthquake in 2008.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc and China National Petroleum have started ‘fracking’ operations in the province.
China hopes to boost annual shale gas production to 6.5 billion cubic meters by 2015, and reserves are estimated at about 1,115 trillion cubic feet, according to the US Energy Information Administration, higher than the estimated 665 trillion gas reserves on American soil.