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Earthquakes in Groningen

Why is the situation regarding the gas quakes Groningen unique?

  1. populated

    Compared to gas fields in other parts of the world, the Groningen gas field is densely populated;

  2. shallow

    The quakes are very shallow and therefore have more effect;

  3. complex

    It's not only the quakes but also the slow sagging of the ground. The land in Groningen has a complex structure which hasn't been studied properly and is still poorly understood;

  4. political

    The Groningen quakes are not a ‘fact of life’, but a political choice: they can be stopped if desired;