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Oil Drilling Likely Caused Texas Earthquake

Posted by feww on May 17, 2009

Magnitude 3.3 Quake Strikes Northern Texas

Texas quake likely caused by oil and natural gas drilling activities—Moderators, blog contributors

See below for pictorial evidence / record of

1. Location. The proximity of epicenter to fault zones (quaternary fault and fold deformation).

2. Depth.

3. Historic Seismicity.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 3.3
Date-Time:

  • Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 16:24:06 UTC
  • Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:24:06 AM at epicenter

Location:  32.796°N, 97.091°W
Depth:  5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program
Region: NORTHERN TEXAS
Distances:

  • 6 km (4 miles) S (179°) from Euless, TX
  • 7 km (4 miles) SE (141°) from Bedford, TX
  • 9 km (6 miles) ESE (118°) from Hurst, TX
  • 11 km (7 miles) NNE (16°) from Arlington, TX
  • 28 km (18 miles) W (269°) from Dallas, TX

Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 9 km (5.6 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters:  NST= 11, Nph= 11, Dmin=44.5 km, Rmss=0.86 sec, Gp= 94°, M-type=”Nuttli” surface wave magnitude (mbLg), Version=6

Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID:  us2009gsba

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West Texas Quaternary Fault and Fold Information for Texas. USGS/Cooperator Texas Bureau of Economic Geology

Gulf of Mexico coastal region: Areas of Quaternary deformation and faulting. (USGS). Click here for Gulf-margin normal faults, Texas and adjacent areas.


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17 Responses to “Oil Drilling Likely Caused Texas Earthquake”

  1. feww said

    Magnitude 5.6 Strikes OKLAHOMA
    Date-Time:
    – Sunday, November 06, 2011 at 03:53:10 UTC
    – Saturday, November 05, 2011 at 10:53:10 PM at epicenter
    Location: 35.537°N, 96.747°W
    Depth: 5 km (3.1 miles)
    Region: OKLAHOMA
    Distances:
    + 34 km (21 miles) NNE of Shawnee, Oklahoma
    + 63 km (39 miles) SSE of Stillwater, Oklahoma
    + 68 km (42 miles) ESE of Guthrie, Oklahoma
    + 71 km (44 miles) ENE of OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 10.5 km (6.5 miles); depth +/- 2.8 km (1.7 miles)
    Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

    The quake was the strongest in Oklahoma history, topping a 5.5 magnitude shock in 1952.

    It was felt about 500km away in Kansas City, where it resonated for about 30 seconds, shaking structures and rattling windows.

    Probability of a powerful/large earthquake striking Oklahoma is more than 50 percent, as of posting.

    Probability of powerful/large earthquakes striking Central US has increased significantly.

    See also WARNINGS posted at
    https://feww.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/new-hampshire-declared-disaster-area/

    https://feww.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/massachusetts-declared-disaster-area/
    and
    https://feww.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/east-coast-states-of-emergency-declared-in-pre-halloween-snowstorm/

    List of recent OK quakes (CERI)
    MAG DATE LOCAL-TIME LAT LON DEPTH(km) LOCATION
    4.0 2011/11/06 03:39:57 35.506N 96.865W 5.0 11 km ( 7 mi) N of Johnson, OK
    3.4 2011/11/06 03:22:04 35.585N 96.823W 5.0 3 km ( 2 mi) S of Sparks, OK
    3.2 2011/11/06 01:32:40 35.544N 96.901W 4.9 10 km ( 6 mi) SW of Sparks, OK
    3.8 2011/11/06 01:31:10 35.559N 96.874W 5.0 7 km ( 5 mi) SW of Sparks, OK
    3.0 2011/11/05 23:54:00 35.540N 96.687W 5.0 14 km ( 9 mi) ESE of Sparks, OK
    3.6 2011/11/05 23:03:41 35.554N 96.760W 5.0 8 km ( 5 mi) SE of Sparks, OK
    5.6 2011/11/05 22:53:10 35.537N 96.747W 5.0 6 km ( 4 mi) E of Sparks, OK
    3.6 2011/11/05 09:36:30 35.584N 96.789W 4.9 4 km ( 2 mi) SE of Sparks, OK
    3.4 2011/11/05 08:42:26 35.530N 96.766W 5.0 8 km ( 5 mi) SE of Sparks, OK
    3.3 2011/11/05 06:24:15 35.521N 96.778W 5.0 10 km ( 6 mi) SSE of Sparks, OK
    3.3 2011/11/05 04:12:11 35.591N 96.788W 4.9 4 km ( 2 mi) ESE of Sparks, OK
    2.7 2011/11/05 02:50:42 35.559N 96.762W 4.8 8 km ( 5 mi) SE of Sparks, OK
    2.7 2011/11/05 02:44:34 35.488N 96.755W 5.0 12 km ( 7 mi) NE of Johnson, OK
    3.4 2011/11/05 02:27:20 35.566N 96.698W 5.0 12 km ( 7 mi) ESE of Sparks, OK
    4.7 2011/11/05 02:12:45 35.553N 96.748W 4.0 11 km ( 7 mi) ESE of Sparks, OK
    2.6 2011/10/13 16:50:52 36.053N 96.766W 4.9 9 km ( 6 mi) SW of Yale, OK
    2.8 2011/09/05 19:19:08 35.615N 96.781W 4.7 4 km ( 2 mi) ENE of Sparks, OK

  2. feww said

    Fracking tests near Blackpool ‘likely cause’ of tremors
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-15550458

    UK firm admits shale gas work caused tremors
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/02/us-cuadrilla-tremors-idUSTRE7A12SA20111102

  3. marilyn said

    “In Basel Switzerland geothermal drilling were shut down permanently after government studies determined that earthquakes generated millions in damages”. “Oxford University researchers found that large earthquakes caused up to four times as many volcanic eruptions”.

  4. feww said

    Marilyn

    While some earthquakes may be/are caused by excavating, digging and extracting fossil fuels [minerals, precious metals …,] not all earthquakes are caused that way.

    Each case should be studied according to its own specifics.

    See also
    https://feww.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/mining-sets-off-earthquake-in-poland/

  5. marilyn said

    Ice land is one of many regional countries that are depleting geothermal fluids for energy causing the land to sink and tilt side ways creating earthquakes and volcanic activity. These episodes will just escalate and intensify as we continue drilling.

  6. marilyn said

    In the gulf of Mexico Chevron Corp is drilling for oil as deep as Mount Everest is tall.Mexicali Mexico just had a shuddering 7.2 Earthquake. – Ice land are using the Mantles resources to heat their homes. They are also experiencing earthquakes and Volcanic activities from dormant volcanic Vents.

  7. marilyn said

    Off shore drilling beneaths the earths crust are causing earth quakes.

    • feww said

      In general, if you said inordinate amount of human activity is increasing the frequency and intensity of earthquakes, we’d agree.

      Texas, Oklahoma, New York and a few other regions in the US are specific cases.

      In the case of California quakes, which is probably what prompted you to write, the region is like a lake covered with a thin layer of ice, and frequented by too many full-time skaters.

  8. feww said

    Another quake in the region most likely caused by oil and natural gas drilling activities

    Magnitude 3.3 – OKLAHOMA
    Magnitude: 3.3
    Date-Time:
    * Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 02:25:59 UTC
    * Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 09:25:59 PM at epicenter

    Location: 35.745°N, 96.950°W
    Depth: 5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program
    Region: OKLAHOMA
    Distances:
    * 7 km (4 miles) NW (306°) from Chandler, OK
    * 8 km (5 miles) NE (38°) from Warwick, OK
    * 9 km (6 miles) SE (140°) from Carney, OK
    * 60 km (38 miles) ENE (61°) from Oklahoma City, OK
    * 328 km (204 miles) N (357°) from Dallas, TX

    Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 7.6 km (4.7 miles); depth fixed by location program
    Parameters: NST= 15, Nph= 15, Dmin=106.3 km, Rmss=0.82 sec, Gp= 94°,
    M-type=”Nuttli” surface wave magnitude (mbLg), Version=Q
    Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

    Event ID: us2009jjae

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  10. feww said

    A Shallow Magnitude 2.8 Hits NORTHERN TEXAS
    Earthquake Details
    Magnitude: 2.8
    Date-Time: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 at 20:06:45 UTC
    [Tuesday, June 02, 2009 at 03:06:45 PM at epicenter]
    Location: 32.352°N, 97.403°W
    Depth: 5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program
    Region: NORTHERN TEXAS
    Distances:
    * 1 km (1 miles) W (273°) from Cleburne, TX
    * 8 km (5 miles) WSW (237°) from Keene, TX
    * 12 km (7 miles) S (185°) from Joshua, TX
    * 44 km (27 miles) S (189°) from Fort Worth, TX
    * 76 km (47 miles) SW (229°) from Dallas, TX
    Location Uncertainty: Error estimate not available
    Parameters NST= 4, Nph= 4, Dmin=294.2 km, Rmss=0 sec, Gp=169°,
    M-type=”Nuttli” surface wave magnitude (mbLg), Version=6
    Source: Macroseismic location
    Event ID: us2009hjb4

    • pankromatic said

      Interesting. My sister and family live near Cleburne but they did not feel it, though many did.

      The roads in the area are clogged with service trucks, though the natural gas activity has died down some.

  11. Larry Scott said

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  12. Virginia said

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