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Rate of Earthquakes Rattling Oklahoma Increases

Posted by feww on June 12, 2015


2,649 Earthquakes Strike Oklahoma in 365 Days

At least 2,649 earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater have struck the state of Oklahoma and its border area with Kansas in the past 365 days, or an average of 7.25 quakes per day, compared with 812 events last year and 125 two years ago, according to the USGS earthquake archive.

The strike rate has increased from 6.7 earthquake per day, as calculated by FIRE-EARTH, just two months ago, on April 17, 2015.

The rate of occurrence for the year to June 2014 was 2.2 earthquake per day, our searches show, and [only] 0.34 events per day during the previous year.

Oklahoma eqs 365 days-12-06-2015
Earthquake Location Map. 365 Days, 2,649 earthquakes on the map. Updated: 2015-06-12 at 15:48:28 UTC. Source: USGS/EHP.

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‘Hammhead’ Oil CEO Wanted Quake Scientists Fired

Posted by feww on May 16, 2015

Sent by a reader in Oklahoma

Harold couldn’t give a ham about Oklahoma

The billionaire CEO of Oklahoma-based Continental Resources Inc., Harold (hammhead) Hamm, told a dean at the University of Oklahoma last year that he wanted several seismologists there dismissed because they were researching links between oil and gas activity and the state’s nearly 400-fold increase in earthquakes, Bloomberg reported on Friday citing the dean’s e-mail recounting the conversation.

Harold Hamm is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Resources. He co-founded and serves as Chairman of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance.  Forbes Magazine has ranked Mr. Hamm No. 24 on “The Forbes 400” list of the richest people in America and No. 96 out of 1,826 on its list of “The World’s Billionaires.” Source: Continental Resources, Inc.

[Mitt Romney, the 2012 presidential candidate, named Hamm as his energy adviser, prompting Hamm to make substantial monetary and advisory contributions to the failed election effort. —Editor]

Hamm, the billionaire founder and CEO of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources, who is a major donor to the university, also the home of the Oklahoma Geological Survey, has vigorously disputed the report that he tried to pressure the survey’s scientists. “I’m very approachable, and don’t think I’m intimidating,” Hamm was quoted as saying in an interview with EnergyWire, an industry publication, that was published on May 11. “I don’t try to push anybody around.”

Researchers have discovered the re-injection of drilling and fracking wastewater into disposal walls is most probably causing the 400-fold increase in Oklahoma earthquakes.

“Mr. Hamm is very upset at some of the earthquake reporting to the point that he would like to see select OGS staff dismissed,” wrote Larry Grillot, the dean of the university’s Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, in a July 16, 2014, e-mail to colleagues at the university. Hamm also expressed an interest in joining a search committee charged with finding a new director for the geological survey, according to Grillot’s e-mail. And, the dean wrote, Hamm indicated that he would be “visiting with Governor [Mary] Fallin on the topic of moving the OGS out of the University of Oklahoma.”   Read more…

Editor’s Notes

  • For slightly less obvious reasons, it took everyone involved about 10 months to report the incident.
  • It’s also becoming increasingly more obvious to everyone concerned why  corporation and wealthy individuals are paying Google and WordPress to suppress (filter, bury and block) content published on this blog.

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Two More Significant Quakes Strike Near OK City

Posted by feww on June 2, 2014


Earthquakes Continue to Rattle Oklahomans

At least 11 quakes measuring magnitude 2.5 or greater have struck Oklahoma since May 27, 2014.  See below for a list of the reported quakes.

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Oklahoma Earthquakes, 7 Days, Magnitude 2.5 or greater. Source: USGS/EHP

12 earthquakes in map area

M3.7 2km E of Choctaw, Oklahoma 2014-06-01 19:54:18 UTC at a depth of 10.3 km
M2.7 2km E of Choctaw, Oklahoma 2014-06-01 15:17:02 UTC at a depth of 6.4 km
M3.0 7km SSW of Boley, Oklahoma 2014-06-01 05:50:09 UTC at a depth of 5.0 km
M2.7 9km NNW of Caldwell, Kansas 2014-06-01 00:38:37 UTC at a depth of 6.2 km
M2.8 16km WSW of Pawnee, Oklahoma 2014-05-31 15:45:46 UTC at a depth of 5.0 km
M3.9 2km ESE of Choctaw, Oklahoma 2014-05-31 10:18:06 UTC at a depth of 5.0 km
M3.2 9km NNW of Enid, Oklahoma 2014-05-30 22:44:56 UTC at a depth of 2.3 km
M2.8 8km NNW of Caldwell, Kansas 2014-05-30 22:00:49 UTC at a depth of 3.6 km
M3.5 6km NW of Helena, Oklahoma 2014-05-30 21:42:02 UTC at a depth of 3.7 km
M3.3 3km WSW of Medford, Oklahoma 2014-05-30 14:32:16 UTC at a depth of 2.4 km
M2.8 6km NNE of Medford, Oklahoma 2014-05-27 17:56:32 UTC at a depth of 1.3 km
M2.7 16km W of Stillwater, Oklahoma 2014-05-27 02:49:32 UTC at a depth of 6.5 km

[NOTE: Some of the recent earthquakes that have occurred in Oklahoma may have been downgraded/ omitted. Editor]

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Another Swarm of Earthquakes Strikes Oklahoma

Posted by feww on May 9, 2014


19 Quakes Strike OK in 6 Days

The events include at least 6 earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater in the last 24 hours with the largest quake measuring 3.5Mw.

Centered at  36.566°N, 97.616°W the M3.5 quake struck at a depth of about 4.3km (2.6mi) on May 8, at 20:40:32 UTC.

  • 6 earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater have struck OK since yesterday
  • The largest quake measured 3.5Mw
  • 50 Percent of the quakes measured 3.0 or greater.
  • At least 19 quakes measuring M2.5 or greater have struck the state of Oklahoma in the past 6 days.
  • More than 108 quakes have occurred in the state during the past 30 days.

USGS Acknowledges Heightened Seismicity in OK!!

“The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent since October 2013, significantly increasing the chance for a damaging quake in central Oklahoma,” a report quoted USGS as saying earlier this week.

However, there was no mention of WHAT, WHY, HOW, WHERE, or WHEN!

  • WHY would the smaller quakes lead to a major quake?
  • HOW, WHERE, or WHEN would a major quake occur?
  • WHAT would be the magnitude of the forecast earthquake?

USGS has correctly identified what is NOT the cause of hundreds of quakes that have rattled Oklahomans in the last year or so.

“The recent earthquake rate changes [in Oklahoma] are not due to typical, random fluctuations in natural seismicity rates,” said USGS.

OK quakes 7-Days
Earthquake Location map. At least 9 quakes measuring M2.5 or greater have struck the state of Oklahoma in the past 6 days. Map sourced from USGS/EHP.


The next detailed FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast will be released together with Bulletin NO. 96 on May 11, 2014.

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecasts for California and Japan

Due to the reasons explained previously on this blog, FIRE-EARTH Science Team has suspended its research on California and Japan seismicity.

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