Businesses worry earthquakes are getting stronger

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Some Kansans may be enjoying a recent string of earthquakes hitting the state. Scratching "experience an earthquake" off a list of things they never expected to do in Kansas.

Others, like LeyRyan Bogenhagen, are beginning to get a little more concerned as the shaking seems to be getting worse.

"It was shaking the house pretty good," Bogenhagen said. "So I thought when I got to work when we opened at 10, when we got here I'd have a lot of bottles on the floor."

Bogenhagen works at Fizzies Wine and Spirits. He says they were lucky not to have any damage.

"A lot of glass and hard telling how many shop vac fulls we'd have if they all fell on the floor, it'd be a lot," he said. "Big mess."

While businesses are thankful for no damage, for others it means more work.

Lonnie Estrada says he receives calls often about fixing cracks in drywall and around foundations, a direct result, he says, of a shaking home.

"There's a lot of hairline cracks I repair," Estrada said. "I open up the cracks, fill them with mud and stuff. I've been getting a lot of them."

According to Kent Rowe of Southwind Sierra Club, it's not just houses that are being damaged.

"Pipelines, roadways, the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant, these are critical areas," Rowe said. "Railways, roads and bridges of course, all have to be examined."

Rowe is chair of the Sierra Club. He says the group is concerned that the quakes are a direct result of fracking. The disposal of waste water injected during the process of fracking has been directly linked to tremors in the region.

"What is it going to take," Rowe asked. "Are we going to have to collapse a major building in the city with loss of life before this activity stops?"

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