West Virginia sees growth in seismic monitoring stations

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia has undergone significant growth in the number of seismic monitoring stations in the state.

The Charleston Gazette reports that 14 stations have been installed in the past year. Previously, there was only one in the state in Monongalia County.

The new equipment was placed along a grid with stations located about 45 miles apart across the state. The stations were paid for by the National Science Foundation as part of an experiment.

Most of the seismic stations will be dug up and recycled for use elsewhere after two years, but six of them may be left behind for another two years. The West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey says it’s possible three or four could be permanently installed.

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