posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 03:10 PM
This is an odd one:
Date-Time Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 20:04:58 UTC
Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 03:04:58 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 41.159°N, 80.729°W
Depth 2.2 km (1.4 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN URBAN AREA, OHIO
Distances 9 km (5 miles) NW of Youngstown, Ohio
11 km (6 miles) SE of Warren, Ohio
89 km (55 miles) ESE of Cleveland, Ohio
234 km (145 miles) NE of COLUMBUS, Ohio
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 10.3 km (6.4 miles); depth +/- 10.2 km (6.3 miles)
Parameters NST=108, Nph=125, Dmin=65.7 km, Rmss=1.02 sec, Gp= 50°,
M-type="Nuttli" surface wave magnitude (mbLg), Version=5
Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0007f7s
Note that the depth is 'poorly constrained'....so even though it is version #5, we may see that change still.
This is definintely a large one for the area. I'm sure someone with more energy/time will get on here soon with a historical search to let us know
just exactly how often these occur here. I am going to guess less than a couple of times a year, if that. I do not recall ever seeing one this large
in Ohio during my time of observation. (doesn't mean I'm right though!!!
Of course, the immediate thought is of the New Madrid. Is there a connection between this quake and the the recent (on-going) swarms at the other
end??? Are we finally seeing the release of energy migrating up this fault to the North? Now what? Where it will go next? Has there been enough of
a release, or is this only a fore-telling of what might be coming? I just don't think anything can be said in absolutes anymore. If you live in the
area, be prepared at least.
As to fracking; I am a firm believer that it causes quakes. Having said that, this is too large to have been caused by fracking alone (IMO) meaning
that I believe that there would have to be a fault involved. Doesn't mean fracking didn't help lube said fault up...but that type of energy has
other things going on too, I think.