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Earthquake warning issued for
Oklahoma as number of quakes
rises by HALF in just six months

Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Daily Mail Reporter

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 5/6/2014 6:20:31 AM

The United States Geological Survey says the rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50% since October 2013, significantly increasing the chance for a damaging quake in central Oklahoma. In a statement by the U.S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma Geological Survey, the agencies reported that 183 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater occurred from October 2013 through April 14. This compares with an average of only two magnitude 3.0 or larger earthquakes per year from 1978 to 2008. A senior adviser from the USGS says he hopes the new advisory will become a crucial consideration in earthquake preparedness

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NYBruin, 5/6/2014 6:35:43 AM     (No. 9838019)

Let´s see - do we blame global warming or George W Bush??

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chicodon, 5/6/2014 7:02:03 AM     (No. 9838037)

Blame fracking in 3, 2, 1.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Catherine, 5/6/2014 7:28:39 AM     (No. 9838052)

They started fracking down the road from our house. The floor was vibrating and you can feel it. Then the little earthquakes started. They were kind of exciting because they were small but you could definitely feel them. Then we got a biggie - 5.6 or so. That scared the bejeezus out of me. They stopped fracking down the road. We only get minor quakes now and I don´t really feel them - others in the house do. So yeah, I firmly believe fracking could be the cause of some of these.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 5/6/2014 7:39:32 AM     (No. 9838055)

I wonder how close this is to the New Madrid earthquake zone and if there is a corresponding increase in that zone.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: chance_232, 5/6/2014 7:40:20 AM     (No. 9838057)

Im no geologist or plate tectonics specialist, but I cant help but think that something major is going on. Earthquakes seem to be happening more frequently and some volcanoes are getting more active. Fracking may explain minor quakes, but not the larger ones recently being reported, and in areas where there is no fracking.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 5/6/2014 7:56:39 AM     (No. 9838071)

Oklahoma is also home of the oldest mountain range in North America, the Arbuckle. So it should not surprise anyone that the ground below the state has its share of faults, even ones that are old, and can still move from time to time.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MoBeef4u, 5/6/2014 8:03:33 AM     (No. 9838081)

I suspect that earthquakes like many other physical phenomena occur in cycles of increased and reduced activity. We don´t live in a static universe after all. That being said it has been my understanding vis-a-vis earthquakes that the time to be afraid is when the activity suddenly stops; meaning pressure is not being relieved but is instead building to a big jolt. Of course this depends on what is causing the quakes in the first place.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: PowerCorrupts, 5/6/2014 8:04:02 AM     (No. 9838083)

Oklahoma is within in the boundaries of the Yellowstone Caldera (Supervolcano)

Last eruption, 640,000 years ago. Some scientists´ forecast that another eruption is imminent, is in their opinion long overdue.

When it happens it will be a global event that will end life on planet Earth.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: varkdriver, 5/6/2014 8:19:13 AM     (No. 9838092)

#2, exactly. I fully expect to see a Prius with a bumper sticker saying, "Frack me? No, Frack YOU!"

#6, it´s also known as "The Fatty" [sorry!].

#8: The lesson is clear: drink up now, because the end may be near! Cheers. Tonight, we dance!

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