Another First for Oklahoma: 1st State East of Rockies to Issue Warning of Quake Over 5.0

I always say my beloved state of Oklahoma is on the wrong end of every ranking and seems we’ve done it again. The U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey issued a joint statement saying we are at risk of a damaging earthquake — one larger than 5.0 magnitude. This is the first time such a warning had been given for any state east of the Rocky Mountains.

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Geologists don’t know when or where the state’s next big earthquake will strike, nor will they put a number on the increased risk. “We haven’t seen this before in Oklahoma, so we had some concerns about putting a specific number on the chances of it,” Robert Williams, a research geophysicist with the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program in Golden, Colorado, told Live Science. “But we know from other cases around the world that if you have an increasing number of small earthquakes, the chances of a larger one will go up.” [Watch 2500+ Oklahoma Earthquakes Since 2012 (Video)]

That’s why earthquakes of magnitude 5 and larger are more frequent in states such as California and Alaska, where thousands of smaller temblors hit every year.

This is the first time the USGS has issued an earthquake warning for a state east of the Rockies, Williams said. Such seismic hazard assessments are more typically issued for Western states following large quakes, to warn residents of the risk of damaging aftershocks, he said. Source: Live Science

Good grief! We “outpaced” the rate of earthquakes in California! Some blame the shaking on fracking waste water.

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  • Rebecca

    There are earthquake belts, and most earthquakes occur under the ocean… There has been some earthquake activity east of the Rockies though, throughout the years. Didn’t just start. I wondered when they would blame fracking for them. I guess OK is in the middle of everything.

  • nbamron

    Edgar Cayce saw a US destroyed in his last vision and half of it had crumbled into the sea — up to Illinois or Indiana, can’t remember which of the I’s. I thought that was nuts, until lately some bizarre quakes have been happening in the Midwest. I think last was in Indiana.

  • nbamron

    The alarming thing would be if these handful of events become a trend; wouldn’t it indicate more seismic activity in general, given all the activity around the Pacific Ring of Fire and elsewhere? Maybe we could move on from Global Warming to Imminent Global Earthquakes!

  • Ispythegov

    Nothing new here, just look at the map lot of uplifts on it, and just what does that mean? Well it means those areas are being pushed up from below, hence the term uplift, as with climate tectonic plate shift is on going and if we have a quake of 5 no big deal I have been in a 6.5 and a lot of 4-5’s and a 4-5 is no big deal, if they start saying 7 or higher then be worried.

  • Some say this is Yellowstone making herself heard.

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