Shake it up, baby

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.

Addendum:

Just in case you were headed to the shelter.







5 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    6 May 2014 · 6:33 am

    Unless it’s the state’s foundations drying out and cracking from the Damn Drought.

  2. CGHill »

    6 May 2014 · 6:57 am

    That would explain the lines running through my garage.

  3. Lynn »

    6 May 2014 · 8:17 am

    I saw another article (which I’m too lazy to look up right now) that said the Earthquake “warning” was fake, or at least an overly dramatic way of stating what the USGS actually said.

  4. McGehee »

    6 May 2014 · 8:23 am

    It’s more like an earthquake watch, which in California is given notice by way of those signs that say “Welcome to California.”

  5. Roger Green »

    6 May 2014 · 10:00 am

    USGS: Okla. Fracking Has Increased Chance Of ‘Damaging Quake’ http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/05/309888859/usgs-okla-fracking-has-increased-chance-of-damaging-quake

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