Wow, yet another pair of earthquakes in Oklahoma. Seems like there is beginning to be as much activity there as in California.
Two earthquakes strike central Oklahoma
Two earthquakes struck central Oklahoma this morning. The first occurred about 1:21 a.m. two miles southeast of Jones. The second struck about 10 minutes later near Paden. Paden is about 60 miles east of the Greater Oklahoma City Metro area.
KWTV Channel 9 News in Oklahoma City is also currently reporting on July 13th the first earthquake in Jones registered at a 3.3 magnitude on the Richter scale. The second earthquake was smaller. It only registered at a 2.8 magnitude on the Richter scale.
“Oklahoma is getting as bad as California,” Heidi Dennis, a life-long resident of Oklahoma City, said. “I was born here and lived her all my life; I’ve heard of so many earthquakes in Oklahoma.”
“I know Oklahoma is on a fault, but we’ve had a lot of earthquakes lately,” Dennis continued. “I’m just glad no one has been hurt and the damage hasn’t been too bad.”
Getting a bit better prepared might not be a good idea for everyone. Looks like we will see more on the horizon!
Things just keep getting stranger…
Two small earthquakes recorded east of Oklahoma City
The U.S. Geological Survey reports that two earthquakes struck near Meeker shortly after 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
Two earthquakes struck Sunday morning about 40 miles east of Oklahoma City.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the 3.2 and 2.2 magnitude quakes hit near Meeker shortly after 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The quakes were about 4 miles from Johnson and 9 miles from Shawnee.
No damage was reported in Lincoln County, a sheriff’s dispatcher said.
Oklahoma was rattled by a 5.6 earthquake on Nov. 5, the largest ever recorded in the state since 1952. It caused damage to several homes and buildings in Shawnee, Prague and Sparks.
The two quakes Sunday were aftershocks.
While it’s difficult to determine a precise length of time that aftershocks will occur, it’s typical for them to occur for at least a week or two after a major seismological event, U.S. National Earthquake Information Center geophysicist Rafael Abreu said.
“As time goes by, they do keep tapering off,” he said.
If another earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 or greater hits, it will be considered a separate main event and another series of diminishing temblors will be expected to occur, Abreu said.
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The question is are you prepared for something like this?
There is some pretty strange things going on if you ask me! 2 earthquakes in OK of all places! What next? Are you prepared if something happens in your area?
For a Weekend, Oklahoma is Earthquake Country
By SARAH MASLIN NIR
Published: November 6, 2011
Usually, the earth-moving events on an autumn weekend in Oklahoma are at the college football stadiums in Norman and Stillwater.
The quakes, powerful by Midwestern standards, shook towns about an hour’s drive northeast of Oklahoma City. They began early Saturday and continued intermittently through the weekend.
Late Saturday night, the area experienced the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the state. No serious injuries were reported, but minor damage to roads and buildings was reported, according to the Sheriff’s Department in Lincoln County, the epicenter for many of the quakes.
Geological activity in the region has increased in recent years, and earthquakes have occurred with greater frequency and intensity. The big quake on Saturday night, which occurred at 10:53, had a preliminary magnitude of 5.6, according to the National Earthquake Information Center, a division of the United States Geological Survey.
The Geological Survey said Saturday night’s quake was shallow, about three miles deep, and that the epicenter was four miles east of Sparks, which is about 44 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.
That quake followed smaller ones earlier in the day, including one at 2:12 a.m. with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7. Its epicenter was in Prague, about 50 miles east of Oklahoma City.
Since mid-2009, the state has had 10 times more earthquakes than normal, said Austin Holland, a research seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey. In 2010, the earth beneath Oklahomans’ feet moved more than 1,000 times, but only 100 or so were strong enough to be felt.
“We have not a clue,” Mr. Holland said of the increase. “It could be a natural cycle; we just don’t know.”
Unlike earthquake-prone California and Japan, Oklahoma does not rest atop the fractious areas where two tectonic plates rub against each other. But the state’s geophysical activity has only been surveyed in earnest for about 50 years, Mr. Holland said, making it difficult to draw conclusions or put the recent activity into context.
But the state does have faults that are buried deep, like the Wizetta Fault, also known as the Seminole Uplift, east of Oklahoma City, where pressure can build.
“You still get earthquakes within the plate. That doesn’t mean there’s a plate boundary, but there’s a fault,” said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center.
That pressure is released as tremors like those that startled residents over the weekend in Prague, Okla., where the visible damage on Sunday morning included chimneys that had collapsed onto houses. In a house on North Road, a china cabinet was emptied of its contents, which were smashed, Mr. Holland said. Parts of Highway 62 between Prague and Meeker buckled, he said.
In Lincoln County, cracks ran up the brick courthouse in Chandler after a smaller quake early Saturday morning, said Justin Reese, who runs the Boomarang Diner there.
Since the Saturday night quake, there have been 11 aftershocks that measured above 2.5 on the Richter scale, Mr. Blakeman said.
Mr. Holland said the intensity of the Oklahoma earthquakes “could go either way.”
But this being Oklahoma, the football fans in Norman and Stillwater were not to be outdone by any earthquake on Saturday.
In Norman, the University of Oklahoma Sooners beat the Aggies of Texas A&M, 41 to 25, and in Stillwater, the Oklahoma State Cowboys defeated the Kansas State Wildcats, 52 to 45.