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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Sixpack Del City

Montgomery, AL

#21 Jan 20, 2010
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.
Is that anywhere near the lake of Arcadia? I heard there are big fish in there. Maybe they are bumping uglies causing all this commotion?

Ladera Ranch, CA

#22 Apr 9, 2010
The earthquake in Haiti and Chile has nothing to do with the recent Oklahoma earthquakes, or so I have read.
It's interesting about the drilling however. I wouldn't guess that had anything to do with it though.

The New Madrid Fault is one that I would be more concerned with, versus the Nemaha Fault that the 1952 earthquake occurred on. One of the largest earthquakes ever in the U.S. occurred on that fault many years ago, causing the Mississippi River to change direction.
I believe they should add earthquake drills on top of tornado drills in OK schools. Also, the building codes need to take into account the possibility of an earthquake, so that damage will not be so dramatic.

If there were a relatively moderate earthquake (by California standards), it would be devastating to the states surrounding it. The energy would travel a much broader distance because the land is flatter. There hasn't been any construction along that fault or surrounding area that have taken that into consideration, despite warnings.

The New Madrid Fault is currently active too.

Ladera Ranch, CA

#23 Apr 10, 2010
Here's some information to back up what I said earlier. An earthquake that would occur on this fault would effect Oklahoma dramatically, including a vast area surrounding it.

Missouri state geologist Joe Gillman said an earthquake the magnitude of the 1811-12 quakes is expected to happen just once every 500 years. But a moderate quake with a magnitude 6.0 to 6.5 is expected to happen every 90 years, and the last one was in the late 1800s.

The New Madrid (MAD'rud) Seismic Zone, midway between St. Louis and Memphis, has a history of shaking violently, about every 500 years. When it shook for three months in 1811-12, this was the western frontier, and the population was sparse. If it shook with that magnitude again, the devastation would make Hurricane Katrina look "like a Sunday School picnic."

“We are due, if not overdue, for a moderate-sized earthquake,” Gillman said.“Such a quake could devastate power lines and underground water and wastewater pipes, and many buildings could crumble.”

"The rocks reveal a pattern of violent Midwestern earthquakes stretching back at least 15,000 years. The 1811, 1812 quakes weren't a freak one-time event. And if they happened many times before, then they will probably happen again."

"All of the experts on our committee, other state agencies that we've talked to, other structural engineers and seismologists agree that the threat of an earthquake in the New Madrid area is great and still exists, and that we should do everything we can to prepare for that and to try to mitigate the effects of an event like that." -Ark. State Police Lt. Lindsey Williams, to a state legislative committee.~ Jan 2008

Choctaw, OK

#25 Aug 25, 2011
When fracking stopped in Arkansas the earthquakes stopped. Arkansas was having several earthquakes per day until they stopped fracking in 3 areas. Now Colorado is having the same problem. Fracking and earthquakes.

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