Can pumping too much groundwater cause movement on a fault?



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    Yes, pumping groundwater can indeed cause movement on a fault.  One example of a deformation of a fault occurring that may have been caused by the pumping of groundwater is is the Coyote Creek fault in California.  Oftentimes, it is difficult to determine whether the fault movement is is due to tectonic movement or other causes.  Auquifer draw causes subsidence in the land, and if this occurs close to a fault, deformation may occur. 

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