In the days since the earthquake, natural gas has become a hot topic of discussion in Ohio, where an estimated 20,000 residents have reported experiencing breathing problems from gas exposure.
The earthquake, which occurred off the coast of New Mexico, has also caused the release of gas from wells in Ohio.
Natural gas is a fossil fuel that can be produced from petroleum and natural gas deposits.
The U.S. has roughly 2,500 natural gas wells in operation, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
It is estimated that about 1,000 of these wells were drilled in the U.N. Basin and that the remaining 1,400 wells are currently operational.
The state has been reporting gas problems since late February, and officials say they are seeing a significant increase in gas contamination and methane emissions.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the latest reports of gas exposure have been more than double what was previously reported in February.
The agency says gas contamination is now occurring at a rate of 50 percent per day, up from just 1 percent per week before the earthquake.
Officials say the spike in gas levels in Ohio is likely due to the large amount of natural gas in the ground at the time.
It’s not known if the earthquakes occurred simultaneously.
In recent days, Ohio has seen some instances of gas being released at a relatively low rate of rate.
In the past, the gas has been in a large area near an active drilling well.