North Dakota Had An Earthquake, Is Fracking To Blame?


When it comes to seismic activity North Dakota is not often thought of. Earthquakes are unheard of here, so with news making the rounds about a 3.3 magnitude earthquake taking place SE of Williston, in the heart of the Bakken oil boom, a few days ago some people are worried.

Especially with the efforts to link hydraulic fracturing, which is used extensively in the Bakken, to earthquakes.

But let’s put this in perspective: Earthquakes actually aren’t anything new to North Dakota. The largest earthquake ever recorded in North Dakota happened in 1909 in the western part of the state well before any sort of oil development. It measured a 5.5 magnitude.

According to an essay posted on the Department of Mineral Resources website, earthquakes have been measured in North Dakota for about as long as we’ve been in the business of measuring earthquakes. “Other earthquakes that have been felt in North Dakota include one in southeastern North Dakota in 1872; Pembina in 1900; three in the Williston area in 1915, 1946, and 1982; the Hebron area in 1927; near Havana in 1934; and the Selfridge area in 1947. Earthquakes centered near Morris, Minnesota were felt in southeastern North Dakota in 1975 and 1993,” wrote John P. Bluemle in 2005.

In other words, earthquakes in North Dakota aren’t common, but they’re not unknown either. We have a lengthy history with seismic activity in the state, and it’s unlikely that any recent seismic activity has anything to do with western oil development.

Not that this context is likely to dampen the fear-mongering from certain environmental and political interests.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • $8194357

    What other politicaly correct enviromental cause could it be?

  • mikemc1970

    No, of course not. Only a mentally deficient person would believe unscientific clap trap like fracking causes earthquakes.

    Do you ever remember having an earthquake before? No? Must be caused by fracking.

    Do you ever remember a summer this hot? No? Must be caused by global warming.

    Do you ever remember a winter this cold? No? Must be caused by global cooling.

    Do you ever remember having a brain tumor before? No? Must be caused by a cell phone.

  • Deficit Hawk

    North Dakota sits on a fault line, it follows the MO Rive. If the USGS didn’t report it nobody would know it. Nobody actually felt it. Yes, ND has earthquakes. No, fracking is not the cause. If it was then how come they have been occurring infrequently for millions of years.

  • Siouxfanatic

    I was working in Williston at the time and didn’t feel a thing

    • The Whistler

      Sioux Fanatic caused the earthquake. Yeah, that’s it.

      • $8194357

        Thundering herd of “Bison”?

  • borborygmi

    I thought it was the shifting of tectonic plates.

  • The Whistler

    It seems to me that if we could cause small earthquakes it’d relieve the stresses in earthquake prone areas like California. Better to have a series of small quakes than a big one like 1906.

    Of course we can’t but then we didn’t cause this quake to happen either.

  • John_Wayne_American

    Stop earthquakes vote for Crabtree and Heidi-ho!

  • $8194357

    Search “chem trails” as related to weaponized earth quakes…
    Saw 8 real beauties this morning in the western ND sky…
    X marks the spot….

    Weaponized weather modifications H.A.A.R.P.

    Want a drought
    no problem

    Want a flood
    no problem

    Want a hurricain
    no problem

    Want an earth quake
    No problem….

    Wonder who finances all these “cloud seeding” projects around the globe?

  • Rick Olson

    Earthquakes are extremely rare here in North Dakota, but they’ve never been unheard of either. I highly doubt the fracking process caused this earthquake outside of Williston. They are caused by the shifting of tectonic plates miles underneath the earth’s surface. The nearest seismic activity to North Dakota is way out in the region of Yellowstone National Park; and then as noted, some tremors were felt here in the eastern part of North Dakota back in 1993. I personally don’t recall feeling anything, but mention was made of the event in the local newsmedia.

    Hey, it’s no worse than the capitol building shaking when the Legislature is in session out there at the state capital. All that hot air which belches from that building is bound to cause the building to shake now and then!! rotfl…

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  • $8194357

    Undergound ELF tomography used in the oil field..
    (they use 30 watts..haarp uses a billion watts)
    Weaponized along with H.A.A.R.P.
    Can cause earthquakes in the lab…
    Detection and Imaging of Underground Structures Using ELF/VLF
    Radio Waves

    ELF/VLF radio waves penetrate
    deeply beneath the surface of the earth and interact with the geologic structure
    of the earth. This interaction induces secondary fields with measurable effect
    at and above the surface of the earth. Proper understanding of the physics of
    the generation and propagation of ELF/VLF waves and their interactions with
    earth materials will allow these waves to be used for applications such as sub-surface communications
    and exploration of the subsurface geological structure. The research called for
    under this effort is to assess the viability of exploiting the concept of
    electromagnetic induction to detect and image subterranean features such as
    tunnels, bunkers, and other potential military targets.

    Geophysical surveying using natural ELF/VLF sources, such as lightning or
    auroral generated signals, is an established procedure. In general, however, the
    procedure has been developed with the interest in locating areas of highly
    conductive material such as metal ore deposits.

    There are many significant issues that need to be resolved, however,
    before the concept can be evaluated for military applications such as detection
    of underground structures. These issues can be divided into six primary topics:

    (1) the physics
    of, and methods for modeling the generation of ELF/VLF waves from
    various sources;
    (2) methods for measuring ELF/VLF field components in a
    covert manner;
    (3) methods for modeling and characterizing ELF/VLF wave
    propagation including the effects of surface topography and subsurface
    terrestrial properties;
    (4) the physics of the propagation and attenuation of
    the secondary fields above the earth’s surface;
    (5) procedures and algorithms
    for inverting measured electromagnetic field information to obtain subterranean
    conductivity structure particularly aimed at identifying and characterizing
    man-made structures or natural voids; and
    (6) algorithms for producing
    unambiguous detection and classification of underground voids or structures in
    the presence of geological noise and clutter.

    The Space Effects Division of the Phillips Laboratory Geophysics Directorate
    is interested in receiving proposals related to the theoretical understanding
    and practical development and demonstration of techniques for the detection of
    underground structures using ELF/VLF radio waves generated by natural and
    man-made sources. Issues to be examined by the proposers include: methods for
    measuring ELF/VLF field components by covert means; methods for characterizing,
    and interpreting ELF/VLF wave generation and propagation, including the effects
    of surface topography and subsurface geophysical properties; procedures for
    inverting the electromagnetic field properties to obtain realistic,
    depth-dependent geophysical parameters with particular interest in identifying
    man-made structures and natural voids within the surrounding geology; and
    algorithm development for the unambiguous detection of underground voids or
    man-made structures in the presence of real-world geophysical noise and clutter.

    This PRDA seeks proposals of original and innovative research dealing with
    the development, implementation, and demonstration of these concepts. The
    proposer will need to demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles of
    ELF/VLF wave generation, ELF/VLF guided-wave propagation, instruments and
    measurement procedures and problems for ELF/VLF, methods for inversion of
    ELF/VLF data into depth-dependent geophysical models and for detecting zones or
    targets of interest and for characterizing those targets. Highly original and
    innovative proposals dealing with one or more of these topics relevant to this
    progam will be considered for funding.

    Several distinct methods for ELF/VLF generation are available to support
    these efforts. Proposers are encouraged to consider including the controlled
    ELF/VLF sources provided by the 960KW HF transmitter of the HAARP, presently
    under construction
    outside Gakona, Alaska and the HIPAS facility located near Fairbanks, Alaska.
    PL/GPS is the program manager for the HAARP facility. The Office of Naval
    Research controls the HIPAS facility. Both sites will be available to support
    the research efforts under this PRDA.

    End quote

    I report…
    You decide….

    Pox news huh rbb…

  • $8194357

    Technocracy and the illuminati….
    The house of JP Morgan?
    go figure….

  • $8194357

    Pre curser to the modern lasar, perhaps?

    How about a hand held Scaler howitzer?

  • Harold

    Bismarck had a small earthquake some years ago, there was no fracking occurring anywhere in North Dakota then.

    • $8194357

      The three stooges must of unloaded the “pork” they
      brought home from DC..

  • OldConserv

    I heard that Heidi Heitkamp and her slightly less intelligent brother were visiting in the Williston area. Heidi accidentally tripped and fell and the siesmographs recorded the impact. The frac’ing theory is only a cover up.

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  • $8194357

    Any new propaganda coming out of hollywood about global eletrical blackouts?
    Its a small small world….
    Scientificaly ELF wave particle beam small..

    Old skool thinking about attacking America was a
    nuclear magnetic pulse above “fly over country”

    Modern science has bettered that technuique, no….
    Test run in New York and Jizya paid the global olagarchy since?

    Mmmmm Could be….

    Thats what the little roman soldier lookin marsian on bugs bunny used to say as he was getting ready to blast the planet with his particle beam when I was a kid watching cartoons anyway…

    Boris and natasha were always messin with rocket J squirrel
    and the taxpayers as well…

    It’s a small small world…

  • $8194357

    He who controls energy?
    Controls the world…Haaaa…haaaa….haaaa.
    Genius or madness?

    Technocracy, global currency, science, global communications…

    I have achieved “omnipotence”
    ” I am god”…
    Here eat this apple folks…

    The Illuminist house of J.P. Morgan

  • $8194357

    What is an old “analog” man like me suppose to do in this
    new digital ELF world anyway? Go to the camp and die?


    The June-July,
    1989 issue of the West German scientist publication, RAUM & ZEIT carried an
    article by Dr. W. Volkrodt, titled: “Can Human Beings Be manipulated By ELF
    Waves.” The article stated: “The technical principal of receivers for
    electromagnetic waves is fully analogous with biological information and
    communications systems. If several thousand of the hundreds of billions of nerve
    cells in our brain resonate with man-made centimeter waves, the carrier
    frequency has to be suppressed when the signal is passed on to the

    “To overcome cell membranes, living organisms use
    electrochemical processes involving sodium and potassium ions. This suppresses
    the carrier frequency in the high-frequency range just as the demodulation
    circuit does in man-made receivers. What remains is the signal impressed on the
    carrier frequency, e.g. in the low frequency ELF range. This is also the
    frequency range at which our own nervous system normally works.”

    these frequencies, the nerve fibers convey pain sensations, the feeling of
    hungry, tiredness, nausea, and signals on the sense of balance to points in the
    brain which invoke these stages in a awake consciousness.”


    “A state of disturbed sense of balance, which seems
    to us to be real, is enough to stop people from being able to run or make them
    feel dizzy even when they are lying down.”

    MICROWAVES MODULATED USING ELF WAVES, it would no longer be necessary to kill
    whole armies by inducing cardiac or respiratory irregular signals. The enemy can
    simply be incapacitated by disturbing their states of balance or CONFUSING THE
    ABILITY TO THINK LOGICALLY. …The manipulation of human beings, by means of ELF
    waves is relatively easy to perform.”

    Predicting the use of so-called
    “non-lethal” psychotronic weapons to support the U.N. occupation of America, the
    1988 article stated:
    “Government authorities and the military would have
    to overcome no insurmountable difficulties to modulate carrier frequencies with
    ELF signals in existing centimeter radio-relay links. …AN ARMY OF OCCUPATION
    American resistance forces). “ELF-modulated microwave transmitters employed in
    this way could also serve to obviate the use of force” (non-lethal

    the means of long-term radiation using ELF-modulated centimeter waves. …Once
    activities by negotiation are sufficient to incorporate into one’s power a
    nation subjugated in this way.”

  • Curtis

    Good thing whoever made that sign doesnt have job. I would hate to see good PTO wasted on such idiocy.

  • $8194357

    Best place to hide something?
    Right out in the open under a different name, huh..

    Illuminists been doing it for hundreds of years…

    Useful Links
    1-minute spectrogramsfrom Chistochina, Alaska, updated every minute.

    Online data availabilityfrom recent and past years.

    Download raw and narrowband datafrom Chistochina, and other Stanford ELF/VLF stations.

    Official HAARP Site

    Introduction to HAARP

    The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility is located in Gakona, Alaska at 62.39N, 145.15W, near mile 11 of the Tok Cutoff Highway. The facility houses many diagnostic instruments for studying the ionosphere, but the highlight is the HF transmitter array. This array consists of 15×12 crossed dipole antennas, which together can transmit a total of 3600kW of RF power at frequencies from 2.8 – 10 MHz (HF, high frequency range). This power is partially absorbed by the ionosphere, and though only a tiny fraction of the power it naturally receives from the sun, can still produce subtle changes that can be detected with sensitive instruments.
    The VLF group focuses on using HAARP to generate ELF and VLF waves through a process called modulated heating. Such experiments have been conducted since 1999 and include Milikh et al. (1999); Cohen et al. (2008); Rodriguez et al. (1999). HAARP is located in a region where large natural currents, known as the auroral electrojet flow through the ionosphere. By turning the HF array on and off (i.e. modulating the HF power) at ELF frequencies, we can also modulate the conductivity of the ionosphere at those frequencies (Ferraro et al., 1982; Stubbe and Kopka, 1977; Tomko et al., 1980). When combined with the electric field that drives the auroral electrojet, the result is a current that oscillates and thus radiates at the modulation frequency: a ELF antenna in the ionosphere. These signals can then be detected with nearby receivers, shown in the map in Figure 1.

  • Joe Stonebird

    Can you political nutjobs stop this beurocratic BS? Nothing will get done if you vote for EITHER side, it’s just a gimmick! Vote for the independants, the third side that actually cares about what is going on. Demofatcats and Republ-ICONS are just two sides of the damn coin and I’m sick of hearing these lies about both sides. How about you get a REAL backbone and actually DIG for information, REAL information on both sides before jumping straight into the bonfire? As for the earthquake, I can’t be sure what it is, Bismarck had one some years ago but did that happen before, during or after the drilling, if there was any drilling going on? You have to think ahead, people! I may be young but I do a lot of studying and I have a lot of disdain towards our political progress since there is hardly anything being done due to the snail’s pace in this state! God preserve us if anything does happen to turn for the worse.

  • Joe Stonebird

    There needs to be more research. I don’t want Williston and the surrounding area to fall into heavens knows what. Looks like it’s in the middle of the river. Pumping water into the ground via pipes? That’s just uncool and unsanitary if it’s that bad water. We DRINK that water and it goes through plants; BUT, there are and can be drawbacks and why people ignore the smallest problems is beyond me. This greed…..this oil money…yeah it’s helping us thrive in many ways but it will cause more harm than good if we do not utilize our green energies like solar panels and electric windmills amongst other variable means to conduct safer energies and a reliable renewable resource/s. I’m 25. I’m single. It’s not that I don’t want change, change is good. WE, as a people NEED change, but we have to rely on the people that actually DO care and ARE doing things to make actual progress happen, not sit around and make empty promises.

    • JustRuss

      I really hope this was a parody of an uninformed greeny sheep, and not a serious post.

      “We DRINK that water ”

      The water table is much, much, much closer to the surface than the “bad water” that is being used in hydraulic fracturing.