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Human-induced shaking

In 2011, a modest earthquake in southern Spain seriously damaged the city of Lorca. Analysis of surface deformation suggests that the quake was caused by rupture of a shallow fault patch brought closer to failure by the pumping of water from a nearby aquifer.

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Figure 1: The May 2011 Mw 5.1 Lorca earthquake.

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