Earthquake frequency in OK - KFOR

Earthquake frequency in OK - KFOR

There are 24 comments on the KFOR story from Dec 22, 2009, titled Earthquake frequency in OK - KFOR. In it, KFOR reports that:

Oklahoma averages 50 earthquakes a year. However, the town of Jones has now experienced 25 since March.

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mireaux

Plano, TX

#1 Dec 22, 2009
interesting story, but for oklahoma to have so many quakes in recent times raises many questions. could it be due to recent geological or atmospheric changes? ive always thought maybe the earths crust is loosing its natural shape considering all the man-made materials that are spread about globally that originated from the ground. things like: automobiles, concrete, skyscrapers, etc.
tallpall

United States

#2 Dec 22, 2009
I wonder if anyone has ever considered the effects of depleting gas and oil wells? There is a growing number of these in OK removing pressurized product from sandlike or light porous rock strata. Some of these wells utilize a recent improved technique called horizontal drilling where a verticle hole is dug, and then the drillbit turned so that it makes a corner and starts drilling laterally....sometimes up to a mile and a half...sideways. This is sometimes 'fraced'(fracked) up to 16 times along this lateral length. This cracks (fractures)the bore hole so that more surface is exposed to drain the oil/gas.
So the oil/gas which has been down there a million years doing its part to hold the crust up is now removed. Now the pressure along a mile of newly cracked porous rock is less than it was. See where I'm going with this? Expecially if the new lateral bore hole happens to run along one of those 'thousands of faults' this article says exist in OK.
sisterbluebird

Choctaw, OK

#3 Dec 23, 2009
What annoys me is that the Geologists are not addressing the Nemaha fault that runs from Far Eastern Nebraska, bisects Kansas and then cuts Oklahoma in half as well right down to about cleveland county. I can believe though that we do not have enough seismic monitors, that sounds about right. The Nemaha lift is what set that 5.mag earthquake off in 1952. I have been watching this for some time since I live near the area being covered in this story. I started trying to do research on Oklahoma's geologic features. I had to go elsewhere. The information on Oklahoma even at the USGS site is abysmal. I found more information at Kansas Geologist sites that included Oklahoma in their maps because the Nemaha fault connecting these two states. I also located a lot of discussion about these features in papers by geologists writing for drilling companies. However, the data is locked up in some very high brow technical jargon. It is obvious though, that the areas that are potentially active are also surrounded by things that we wish to drill. I find it difficult to believe that local Geologists know *NOTHING. It seems to me that one of two things is going on. Either some issue with drilling is affecting this, or something cyclical is going on. Either way, I doubt it will be catastrophic so I really do not see the point in pretending ignorance and avoiding the discussion.
Jesus Wept

Edmond, OK

#4 Dec 23, 2009
Its a sign of the times. Jesus Christ is returnin'. Hell's fire is going to swallow up that giant meth lab Oklahomans call Jones. Its a punishment fot their sins. All a you people with your fancy sciencing about the issue can't see the forest for the trees. The fires of Hell are stoked and ready to receive you as sinners too...
sisterbluebird

Choctaw, OK

#5 Dec 23, 2009
I almost would have laughed at that last post, if I thought for a second that it could conceivably only be a joke. This is Oklahoma after all.
LMAO

Waurika, OK

#6 Dec 23, 2009
Sisterbluebird...I AM laughing at the Jesus Wept post! Not the Jesus is returning part, because he is. Its funny that Earthquakes are the PUNISHMENT for meth labs! I'm glad the JESUS I believe in is forgiving!
SHARK TALES

Montgomery, AL

#7 Dec 23, 2009
WOW sisterbluebird and LMAO I share your laugh. I love it when people feel the need to blame everything off on GOD. My shoelace snapped this morning when I was tightening my shoes and I punched myself in the face... GOD IS COMING TO SWALLOW ME UP CAUSE (ALL A) is bad.
4th Generation Okie

Oklahoma City, OK

#8 Dec 23, 2009
I agree with Sisterbluebird. I heard that Chesapeake Energy was buying up a lot of land in the Jones/Choctaw/Eastern Oklahoma County area. All of a sudden there are tons of seismic activity in the area. Hum, I don't think all is being told either.
Jesus Wept

Edmond, OK

#9 Dec 23, 2009
Laugh all you want ye hateful sinners. Satan doesn't need petroleum to keep the fires of Hell burning. But you will all know soon enough... Jesus and I will get the last laugh when LMAO, Shark Tales, and sisterbluebird are roasting in the lake of fire.
4th Generation Okie

Oklahoma City, OK

#10 Dec 23, 2009
I could be wrong, but I believe Cheseapeake Energy deals in natural gas and not petroleum. I'll say a prayer for you tonight JW.
rmm

Edmond, OK

#11 Dec 23, 2009
I think JW is hanging out with IJ. That's imposter Jesus to everyone else. XD
richardhead

United States

#12 Dec 24, 2009
its all the underground meth labs in jones causing the earthquakes
sisterbluebird

Choctaw, OK

#13 Dec 25, 2009
So if it is natural gas, are they using the technique of fracking? That is where high pressure liquids are forced into the earth to fracture rock to get at pockets of natural gas. This was part of the controversy regarding the Cleburn Texas Earthquakes. Personally, I would be more worried about our Aquifers than anything else if that were the case. Water is the new oil. And potable water is a big deal in a world with diminishing resources and exploding population, and of course almost no environmental concerns about conservation. As for lakes of Fire, well Jesus Wept, I am a nice person, because I can be. I guarantee the Devil won't want me in hell because I will take over.
rocktalks

United States

#14 Dec 25, 2009
The Nemaha Ridge is a deeply buried fault swarm that has been inactive in any serious type of movement for some 250 million years and the faults are some 5000 feet below the surface. This is evidenced by lack of visible offset on the deep seated faults below the major unconformity. The Choctaw area is not near any of the areas currently under major oil and gas drilling or laterals or fracing induced issues.
The Earthquakes have not historically caused damage except for one and funding has not been a priority till now to study the issue. This is prudent as areas such as the New Madrid quake were thought to be in low levels of activity prior to severe movement.
As a Geologist myself my belief is we are dealing with settlement issues and there is little to worry about. One cheap protection however wich I myself do is purchase an Earthquake rider on my home insurance. These are cheap...some 10 dollars a year or something like that because it is not deemed an active area in the insurance world.
Finally, call the Oklahoma Geological Survey for more info if it is not on a website or easy to find. I have found them exceptionally friendly and in the know on issues I have called them on.
david the quaker

New London, MN

#15 Dec 25, 2009
Jesus Wept wrote:
Laugh all you want ye hateful sinners. Satan doesn't need petroleum to keep the fires of Hell burning. But you will all know soon enough... Jesus and I will get the last laugh when LMAO, Shark Tales, and sisterbluebird are roasting in the lake of fire.
Satan is not in charge of hell. He is a prisoner. He is not a happy King, he is a burning.
david the quaker

New London, MN

#16 Dec 26, 2009
Satan is not the King of Hell. He was sent there as
a prisoner, by God, and does not come, and go whenever he pleases. He is burning himself, not sitting in comfort, burning other people.
Duh. Read something.
david the quaker

New London, MN

#17 Dec 26, 2009
And you might laugh. but Jesus, nor God laughs
when a sinner goes to hell. It is an awful thing for a creation of God to be in hell.
david the quaker

New London, MN

#18 Dec 26, 2009
The earth is not a solid rock. It has a Liquid center, and a cracked shell. Much like a Cadbury
Easter egg that has been dropped, and then stepped on a few times.
If Jones were being punished, some actual damage's
might occur, instead of just being interesting
conversational pieces.
Jone's is not Meth-town, it is a great place to live.
sisterbluebird

Choctaw, OK

#19 Dec 26, 2009
Honestly, I am more interested in talking about the quakes than any alleged goings on in Jones. Meth is ubiquitous. Its everywhere. I doubt Jones has cornered the market. Most of the people I know that live there or live in that area seem like real nice folks to me. I would be interested to know from a previous poster, whether or not there are any statements in the press regarding the use of land in or near Jones for drilling or fracking. Another practice that has been linked to earthquakes is use of Geothermal energy. Honestly, though, I did find a big page on a FEMA exercise involving the states that are affected by the Nemaha lift for a big multi-state exercise. That was from 2007. That is why I am so annoyed with local Okla geologists saying they know absolutely *nothing. I doubt that. And honestly the reasons given are hardly cause to cover anything up. We are not talking a boxing day megaquake or area 51 here.
CHUCK61

AOL

#20 Jan 20, 2010
I read on the internet that it seems the Oklahoma Earthquake(s) are connected to the earthquake events in Hati. Any truth?

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