A Question for Geologists (and other scientists) Regarding the Deepwater Horizon Gusher, Well Pressure and EarthQuakes
Question for folks, particularly science-types:
The pressure from the Deepwater Horizon well, which forced the blowout, and the steady stream of escaping oil...is that pressure solely from the weight of the many atmospheres of water above it? ...or could some of it be from internal pressures?
Regardless, does anyone know whether releasing all that pressure will lead to settling of the surrounding crust/mantle, leading to possible shifts in pressure in plates and affecting/effecting earthquakes?
Note the following Google Search for potentially relevant articles on pressure related to quakes -- I didn't pull any in particular for direct reference because I don't know that any actually directly apply, but several seem to touch on the concept:
I'd be interested in the feedback from any geologists, of course, but everyone's welcome to chime in.
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