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Study reveals spike of earthquake activity in West Texas

The study does not link the earthquakes to the oil and gas industry.

TEXAS, USA — If you've felt any earthquakes recently, you're not alone.

A new study from the Journal of Geophysical Research tracked 20 years of earthquakes in West Texas and found an increase in earthquakes in the area.

The study says the Permian Basin has the highest amount of seismic activity in the state.

Since 2009, there have been over 7,000 earthquakes near Pecos. However, some people haven't felt them since the quakes were so small.

The study doesn't link earthquakes and oil and gas production, however.

Dr. Peter Hennings, one of the researchers, has discussed this in the Permian Basin in recent years.

Hennings says the research helps understand the relationship between earthquakes and both human and natural causes.

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