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While Oklahoma's buildings can withstand light earthquakes, the damage from a magnitude-5 temblor could be widespread. Oklahoma's last major earthquake was in November 2011, when a magnitude-5.6 earthquake centered near Prague, Oklahoma, destroyed 14 homes and injured at least two people.
"Building owners and government officials should have a special concern for older, unreinforced brick structures, which are vulnerable to serious damage during sufficient shaking.
Text"Oklahoma is typically seismically stable, with about 50 small quakes a year — but in 2009, that number jumped up to more than 1,000 and on November 5 a 5.6-magnitude tremor rattled Oklahoma — one of the strongest to ever hit the state — leading scientists to wonder if the increasingly common use of fracking, the controversial practice of blasting underground rock formations with high-pressure water, sand, and chemicals to extract natural gas, may have put stress on fault lines.
Oil output has doubled in the state since the start of 2010, from 160,000 to 320,000 barrels per day, primarily due to fracking for tight oil
originally posted by: Greenblaz
If fracking is the cause then Western PA should have had a 9.0+ by now! The amount of fracking going on along with the amount of gas wells that are going up every month here you would think we would have had something by now.
Don't get me wrong, I am not defending fracking at all or even dismissing it as a cause. I am trying to show that there is more to it than just that.
originally posted by: olaru12
If it is fracking that is the cause in earthquake activity in OK., you can bet that the energy corporations will deny it and the Neocon government will bend to corporate will.
Profit above even the well being of the citizens is the current operating system...get used to it!
The strange thing is that the communities often want the fracking there so their local economy is better. They like the increased tax base and the job creation. - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...