May 2019 - by Michèle Marti and Domenico Giardini
In November 2017, a magnitude 5.5 earthquake shook the South Korean city of Pohang, injuring over 100 people and causing $300 million worth of damage. Just a short time later, suspicion arose that the quake might have been triggered by a nearby geothermal project. This impression was backed up by two scientific studies. As a result, the South Korean government set up an international expert commission, whose members include Domenico Giardini, professor at ETH Zurich and head of the SCCER-SoE. This commission's recently published final report confirms that the geothermal project was indeed the cause of that highly destructive earthquake.
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