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(Reuters) - Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration.
One earthquake recorded at 3.8 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey rocked houses in several communities around central Oklahoma at 7:42 a.m. local time. Another about two hours earlier in the same part of the state, north of Oklahoma City, was recorded at 2.9 magnitude, USGS said.
some fracking operations can go as deep as 13,000 ft which is 3.962 kilometres
From, what I have been able to gather the earthquakes are some 2.5 kilometer down. Does fracking go that deep?
Plus the Area is in a seismic zone, The New Madrid Fault system is not that far away.
Plus that whole region is directly on top of the North American Craton.
There may be greater forces at work here than fracking. Earth has been pretty stable for the last several million years. Perhaps the planet is waking up?
The question is, what is happening under the plate that is causing the quakes?
2014-04-06 09:58:54 UTC-05:00