Vol. 10, No. 1 – Spring 2008

Earthquake Risks Resulting from Geothermal Power Plants-Reasons for the Earthquake Series in Basel in 2007

D. Ostermann

Due to global warming large efforts have to be taken in order to find a CO2-free energy supply for private consumers as well as for industry. One of the so-called renewable energies is geothermal energy. A new geothermal power plant was built in Basel, Switzerland, in 2006. A few weeks after the first water injections a series of earthquakes occurred in the region, which seems to be connected with the pressing of water into the ground.

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