Well, we’ve finally caught up with the Golden State, kinda sorta:
Mile for mile, there are almost as many earthquakes rattling Oklahoma as California this year. This major increase in seismic shaking led to a rare earthquake warning today (May 5) from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey.
In a joint statement, the agencies said the risk of a damaging earthquake — one larger than magnitude 5.0 — has significantly increased in central Oklahoma.
This is, perhaps not incidentally, the first time the USGS has issued a warning for an area east of the Rockies.
Should you be thinking “fracking,” it’s a definite maybe. Maybe. Thay came up with a model that resembled one particular result. Interestingly, it’s not the extraction of fuel that’s the suspect: it’s the disposal of the wastewater after drilling.
And there’s this:
“We don’t know if this earthquake rate is going to continue… It could go to a higher rate or lower, so the increased chances of a damaging quake could change in the future.”
Which also sounds like a definite maybe.
I don’t think an “earthquake warning” is really a thing like a tornado warning. Official statement from USGS – http://t.co/AV5R8zu3ay
— Rick Smith (@ounwcm) May 6, 2014
Just in case you were headed to the shelter.