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Crop Disasters Declared in Six States

Posted by feww on April 17, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
EXCESSIVE RAIN
FREEZE & FROST

CROP DISASTERS
.

Drought, Excessive Rain, Freeze and Frost  Cause Crop Disasters across Dozens of Counties in 6 States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 52 Counties across six states—Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida and Georgia—as crop disaster areas in four separate designations due to various disasters.

Drought Disaster in Arizona and California

USDA has designated five counties in Arizona and three counties in California as Crop Disaster Areas due to ongoing Drought. Those areas are

  • Arizona. La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai and Yuma counties.
  • California. Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Drought Disaster in Oklahoma

USDA has designated seven counties in Oklahoma as Crop Disaster Areas due to damages and losses caused by the drought.  Those areas are Blaine, Dewey, Caddo, Canadian, Custer, Kingfisher and Major counties.

Crop Disasters from Excessive Rain in Florida

USDA has designated nine counties in Florida as Crop Disaster Areas due to excessive rain that occurred from Jan. 1- March 14, 2014.

Those counties are Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Marion, Putnam, St. Johns  and Volusia.

Crop Disasters Caused by Freeze and Frost

USDA has designated 24 counties in Florida as crop disaster areas due to freeze and frost that occurred from Jan. 7-31, 2014 (and presumably continues. The wording is ambiguous).

Those counties are Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Broward, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Gilchrist, Glades, Hendry, Holmes, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Palm Beach, Walton, Martin, Putnam, Okeechobee, Santa Rosa, Union and Washington.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Alabama and Georgia also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

  • Alabama. Covington, Escambia and Geneva counties.
  • Georgia. Charlton County.

Drought Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 1,062 counties across 21 states as crop disaster areas. Most of those designations are due to drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. A number of counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on April 2, 2014.

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Ohio Finally Links Fracking to Earthquakes

Posted by feww on April 12, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
FRACKING-RELATED SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED SEISMICITY IN OKLAHOMA
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Earthquakes Continue to Rattle Oklahomans

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has finally conceded that the hydraulic fracturing process (fracking), which involves injecting sand, water and chemicals at high pressure deep underground to help release oil and gas, may have produced earthquakes in Poland Township in March.

“Regarding the seismic events in Poland Township, ODNR geologists believe the sand and water injected into the well during the hydraulic fracturing process may have increased pressure on an unknown microfault in the area,” said ODNR in a statement release on Friday.

At least 161 earthquakes measuring magnitude 2.5 or greater, occurring  in and near the state, have rattled Oklahomans in the past 30 days.

OK quakes to April 12
Updated: 2014-04-12 07:59:47 UTC. 30 Days, Magnitude 2.5+ (161 earthquakes in map area). Source; USGS/EHP.

Magnitude 4.2+ Since March 30

At least 7 quakes measuring 4.0 or greater have struck Oklahoma in the past three weeks including 4 shocks measuring 4.2 or greater occurring since Mach 30.

  • M4.2 about 6km SSW of Langston, Oklahoma 2014-04-07 at 16:03:03 UTC at a  depth of 5.2 km
  • M4.2 about 6km SSW of Langston, Oklahoma 2014-04-06 at 14:58:54 UTC at a  depth of5.1 km
  • M4.3 about 20km N of Crescent, Oklahoma 2014-03-30 at 08:42:36 UTC at a  depth of 5.0 km
  • M4.3 about 21km N of Crescent, Oklahoma 2014-03-30 at 06:51:56 UTC at a  depth of 5.0 km

In Another Shallow Quake Strikes Oklahoma posted on April 6, 2014 the blog said: FIRE-EARTH Models show Oklahoma seismicity WILL continue intensifying

That post and all other FIRE-EARTH blog entries concerning disasters or ‘impending’ disasters in the U.S. continue to be heavily censored, blocked or buried by Google, WordPress and others.

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast

For the next FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast see April 12 Bulletin, which would be released later today – members only.

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Crop Disasters Declared for 11 U.S. States

Posted by feww on April 11, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
FREEZE, EXCESSIVE SNOW

CROP DISASTERS
.

Drought and Freeze Cause Crop Disasters across Dozens of Counties in 11 States

Crop Disasters Caused by DROUGHT

The U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA has designated dozens of counties across 10 states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah—as crop disaster areas due to the drought.

Those areas are

  • California. Imperial, Riverside and San Diego counties.
  • Arizona. La Paz and Yuma counties.
  • Colorado. Phillips, Baca, Kiowa, Prowers, Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Sedgwick and Yuma (2 designations) counties.
  • Idaho. Cassia, Owyhee and Twin Falls counties.
  • Kansas. Cheyenne, Greeley, Morton, Scott, Decatur (2 designations), Hamilton Norton, Seward, Graham, Haskell, Phillips, Sheridan, Grant, Meade, Rawlins , Sherman, Wallace, Wichita,Clark Gove, Lane, Smith, Finney, Gray, Logan, Stanton, Ford,  Kearny, Rooks, Stevens, Thomas  and Trego counties.
  • Nebraska. Arthur, Chase (2 designations), Custer, Dawson, Deuel, Dundy (2 designations), Furnas (2 designations), Garden, Gosper, Harlan, Hayes (2 designations), Keith  (2 designations), Franklin, Frontier (2 designations), Hitchcock (3 designations), Lincoln (2 designations), Red Willow (3 designations),  Logan, McPherson and Perkins (2 designations) counties.
  • Nevada. Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Nye and White Pine counties.
  • Oklahoma. Beaver, Cimarron and Texas counties.
  • Texas. Crockett, Menard, Schleicher, Irion, Reagan, Sutton, Concho, Glasscock, Mason, Sterling, Upton, Crane, Kimble, Midland, Terrell, Val Verde, Edwards, McCulloch, Pecos and  Tom Green counties.
  • Utah.  Box Elder and Tooele counties.

Crop Disasters Caused by FREEZE

USDA has also designated 20 counties in New York as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by freeze and excessive snow that occurred Dec. 1, 2013, and continues.

Those counties are Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Wyoming, Allegany, Cortland, Madison, Tompkins, Cattaraugus, Erie, Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga, Genesee, Oswego, Yates, Chemung, Livingston and Steuben.

Drought Disasters 2014

Since January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 1,010 counties across 16 states as crop disaster areas.

  • Those states are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah.
  • Crop disasters have been declared in an additional 42 counties in the states of New York and Pennsylvania due to  Freeze.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. A number of counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on April 2, 2014.

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Heightened Seismicity Continues in Oklahoma

Posted by feww on April 8, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
FRACKING-RELATED SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED SEISMICITY IN OKLAHOMA
.

148 Temblors measuring 2.5Mw or greater strike Oklahoma in 4 weeks

An average of 5 earthquakes, measuring magnitude 2.5 or greater, striking Oklahoma each day.

The events include at least 5 shocks measuring magnitude 4.0 or greater since March 10, 2014.

In Another Shallow Quake Strikes Oklahoma posted on April 6, 2014 the blog said: FIRE-EARTH Models show Oklahoma seismicity WILL continue intensifying

That post and all other FIRE-EARTH blog entries concerning disasters or ‘impending’ disasters in the U.S. continue to be heavily censored, blocked or buried by Google, WordPress and others. [Since when did the people have a right to know?]

M4.2 Strikes Near Langston

The latest significant quake to strike Oklahoma was a magnitude 4.2Mw shock centered at 35.890°N 97.273°W striking at a depth of 5.2km.

Earthquake details

Magnitude: 4.2Mw
Event Time:  2014-04-07 16:03:03 UTC
Location: 35.890°N 97.273°W depth=5.2km (3.2mi)
Nearby Cities: 6km (4mi) SSW of Langston, Oklahoma

Earthquake Location Map

30-day oklahoma quakes
30-Day Magnitude 2.5 or greater earthquakes occurring in Oklahoma. Updated: 2014-04-08 at 04:40UTC. Source: USGS/EHP

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Significant Quake Rattles Oklahoma

Posted by feww on April 5, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
FRACKING-RELATED SEISMIC HAZARD
CONTINUED SEISMICITY IN OKLAHOMA
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Magnitude 4.2 Quake Strikes 20km N of Crescent, Oklahoma

Centered at 36.139°N, 97.632°W the quake struck at a depth of 5.1km (3.2mi) Saturday, 12:42:17 UTC on April 5, 2014.

The quake was one of 7 shocks measuring ≥ 2.5Mw to occur in Oklahoma since 03:54UTC, Saturday.

OK Quake 5apr2014
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

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Crop Disaster Declared for 45 Counties in Texas, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on April 3, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
WORSENING DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
.

Worsening Drought Causes More Crop Disasters in Texas, Oklahoma

The U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA has designated a total of 45 counties in Texas and Oklahoma as crop disaster areas due to the worsening drought.

Those areas are

  • Texas. Bell, Dallas, Hamilton, McLennan, Comanche, Eastland, Hill, Mason, Coryell, Fannin, Lamar, Bosque, Erath, Lampasas, Palo, Pinto, Brown, Falls, Limestone, Red River, Burnet, Gillespie, Llano, Rockwall, Callahan, Grayson, McCulloch, San Saba, Collin, Hunt, Menard, Shackelford, Delta, Johnson, Milam, Stephens, Denton, Kaufman, Mills, Tarrant, Ellis, Kimble, Navarro and Williamson counties.
  • Oklahoma. Bryan and Choctaw counties.

Drought Disasters 2014

Since January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 909 counties across 16 states as crop disaster areas due to worsening drought.

  • Those states are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah.
  • Crop disasters have been declared in an additional 22 counties in the states of New York and Pennsylvania due to  Freeze.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. A number of counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on April 2, 2014.

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Significant Quakes Strike Oklahoma, Wyoming

Posted by feww on March 30, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
.

Swarms of significant quakes rattle Oklahoma

A large cluster of earthquakes including more than a dozen shocks measuring 2.7Mw to 4.4Mw struck Oklahoma between 03:08UTC and 14:09 UTC on March 30, 2014.

The most significant quakes in the cluster so far include three shocks measuring 4.3 and 4.4Mw.

  • Magnitude 4.4, 20km NNW of Crescent, Oklahoma at 14:09:59 UTC  2014-03-30,   36.129°N 97.647°W, Depth= 4.7km
  • M 4.3,  20km N of Crescent, Oklahoma at  08:42:36 UTC 2014-03-30, 36.140°N 97.616°W, Depth=5.0km
  • M 4.3, 21km N of Crescent, Oklahoma at 06:51:56 UTC 2014-03-30, 36.142°N 97.592°W, Depth=5.0km

Oklahoma quakes 30march14
Oklahoma Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Since March 2, 2014 at least 112 earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw to 4.4Mw  have struck the state of Oklahoma.

M4.8 Strikes 37km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

A swarm of earthquakes including a magnitude 4.8Mw shock struck the Yellowstone national park about 37km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana earlier today.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 4.8Mw
Event Time: 2014-03-30 12:34:39 UTC
Location: 44.778°N 110.683°W depth=6.8km (4.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 37km (23mi) ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

Earthquake Location Map

YNP quakes 30mar2014
Source: USGS/EHP

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Crop Disasters Declared in 5 States as Drought Worsens

Posted by feww on March 27, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENT
WORSENING DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
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Crop Disasters Declared in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, Arizona due to Worsening Drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA has designated a total of 59 counties in five states—Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas and Arizona—as multiple crop disaster areas due to the worsening drought.

Those areas are

Texas: Hall, Briscoe, Collingsworth, Donley, Childress, Cottle and Motley counties.

Oklahoma: Alfalfa, Caddo, Major, Blaine, Custer, Grady, Kiowa,
Canadian, Dewey, Grant, Washita, Comanche, Garfield, Kingfisher, Woods and Woodward counties.

Kansas: Barton, Ellsworth, Kiowa, Mitchell, Edwards, Jewell, Lincoln, Osborne, Smith, Russell, Barber (2 designations), Ellis, Ottawa, Republic, Clark, Ford, Pawnee, Rice, Cloud, Hodgeman, Phillips, Rooks, Comanche, McPherson, Pratt, Stafford, Saline, Rush and Harper.

Nebraska: Franklin, Nuckolls and Webster counties.

Arizona:  Santa Cruz, Cochise and Pima counties.

Drought Disasters 2014

Since January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 864 counties across 16 states as crop disaster areas due to worsening drought.

  • Those states are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. A number of counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations were approved by USDA on March 26, 2014.

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Crop Disasters Declared for Texas, Oklahoma, Idaho

Posted by feww on March 21, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
.

Worsening drought prompts crop disaster declarations for 46 counties in three states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 46 counties in three state—Texas, Oklahoma and Idaho—as crop disaster areas due to the worsening drought, in two separate designations.

Texas Drought Crop Disaster Designations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 32 counties in Texas as crop disaster areas due to the worsening drought.

Those counties are Bosque, Hemphill, Montague, Tarrant, Ellis, Hood, Parker, Wheeler, Erath, Johnson, Somervell, Clay, Dallas, Gray, Jack, Collingsworth, Denton, Hamilton, Kaufman, Comanche, Donley, Henderson, Lipscomb, Cooke, Eastland, Hill, McLennan, Coryell, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Roberts and Wise.

Oklahoma Drought Crop Disaster Designations

The following areas in Oklahoma have also been designated as crop disaster areas: Beckham, Ellis, Jefferson, Love and Roger Mills counties.

Idaho Drought Crop Disaster Designations

USDA has also designated nine counties in Idaho as crop disaster areas due to the drought.

Those counties are Elmore, Ada, Boise, Custer, Owyhee, Blaine, Camas, Gooding and Twin Falls.

Since January 10, 2014 USDA has declared 805 counties across 16 states as crop disaster areas due to worsening drought.

  • Those states are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. A number of counties have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations were approved by USDA on March 19, 2014.

2014 Federal and Agriculture Disaster Declarations

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More Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Kansas; Ohio Stops Fracking

Posted by feww on March 12, 2014

EARTHQUAKE HAZARD
.

61 Quakes rattled Oklahoma since Feb. 18, as two tremors shut fracking in Ohio well

It must be quite surreal living near Oklahoma city these days, with an average of about three shallow tremors rattling the nearby areas each day.

Three of the tremors measured magnitude 3.8 (Mw) and two others registered at 3.7Mw. Nearly all the tremors have occurred at  a depth of about 5km.

30-day oklahoma and kansas quakes
Earthquake Location Map. Oklahoma Earthquakes since February 18, 2014. Source: USGS/EHP

Tectonic Summary

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region – Natural Occurring Earthquake Activity
[Excerpts from USGS/EHP]

Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York – Philadelphia – Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake.

Induced Seismicity

As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included impoundment of water behind dams, injection of fluid into the earth’s crust, extraction of fluid or gas, and removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations. In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced. Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. Making a strong scientific case for a causative link between a particular human activity and a particular sequence of earthquakes typically involves special studies devoted specifically to the question. Such investigations usually address the process by which the suspected triggering activity might have significantly altered stresses in the bedrock at the earthquake source, and they commonly address the ways in which the characteristics of the suspected human-triggered earthquakes differ from the characteristics of natural earthquakes in the region.

Ohio Quakes

Ohio authorities have stopped a fracking operations at Carbon Limestone Landfill in Lowellville, after two temblors hit Mahoning County.

The quakes occurred in Poland Township and the village of Lowellville near the Pennsylvania border on Monday in. The first tremor was a magnitude 3.0 shock, followed by a second measuring 2.6Mw, said USGS/EHP. Local media reported two smaller aftershocks later.

The quakes prompted Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to order suspension of drilling operation at Carbon Limestone Landfill in Lowellville. The area is plagued by up to 20 wells, used by Hilcorp Energy for horizontal drilling.

“Out of an abundance of caution we notified the only oil and gas operator in the area, and ordered them to halt all operations until further assessment can take place,” said the ODNR public information officer.

“ODNR is using all available resources to determine the exact circumstances surrounding this event and will take the appropriate actions necessary to protect public health and safety.” He said.

“It’s an area which [before 2011] had no history of earthquakes,” said John Armbruster, a retired Columbia University geology professor who had worked with Ohio officials to monitor a recent series of earthquakes tied to a fracking-waste injection well near Youngstown.

“It looks very, very suspicious.”

“We never had a recorded earthquake in Mahoning County [before 2011] … then four [strike] in one day,” said Raymond Beiersdorfer, a geologist at Youngstown State University. “It’s definitely a testable hypothesis.”

The U.S. production of crude oil using fracking increased by more than 15 percent in 2013.

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M3.8 Strikes Montana

Posted by feww on February 26, 2014

Seismic Hazard
.

Shallow earthquake strikes S of Plentywood, Montana

The quake struck at a depth of 5km about 59km S of Plentywood, NE Montana.

Meantime, at least 16 shocks measuring between M2.5 and 3.5 occurred in the state of Oklahoma in the past 7 days.

Preferred Location Parameters
Event Time: 2014-02-25 22:45:38 UTC
Magnitude: 3.8 mb_lg (± 0.07)
Location: 48.250°N, 104.699°W
Dept:h 5.0 km  (± 2.0 km)
Number of Phases Used 12
Minimum Distance 44.6 km (0.40°)
Travel Time Residual 0.63 sec
Azimuthal Gap 148°
Nearby Cities:

  • 59km (37mi) S of Plentywood, Montana
  • 81km (50mi) W of Williston, North Dakota
  • 244km (152mi) S of Regina, Canada

Review Status MANUAL
Event ID usc000my5t [USGS/EHP]

montana quake

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Another Swarm of Shallow Quakes Strikes Close to Oklahoma City

Posted by feww on February 18, 2014

Earthquake Hazard
.

It Doesn’t Look Good!

At least 16 more shallow quakes measuring between M2.7 and M3.8 (possibly as large as 4.3Mw) struck Oklahoma February 15 – 17.

The latest cluster, one of several to strike Oklahoma since late last year,  occurred yet closer to Oklahoma City.

The swarm  raises the total number of shocks that have occurred in the Sooner State to 41 in the past 30 days, according to USGS/EHP.

OK EQs 18feb14
Earthquake Location Map. Oklahoma Earthquakes since February 15, 2014. Source: USGS/EHP

Details of the Most Significant Quake in the Past 24 Hours

  • Magnitude: 3.8Mw
  • Event Time:  04:54:59 UTC on 2014-02-17
  • Location: 35.785°N 97.471°W depth=4.8km (3.0mi)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 11km (7mi) SSW of Guthrie, Oklahoma
    • 35km (22mi) N of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tectonic Summary

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region – Natural Occurring Earthquake Activity
[Excerpts from USGS/EHP]

Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York – Philadelphia – Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake.

Induced Seismicity

As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included impoundment of water behind dams, injection of fluid into the earth’s crust, extraction of fluid or gas, and removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations. In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced. Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. Making a strong scientific case for a causative link between a particular human activity and a particular sequence of earthquakes typically involves special studies devoted specifically to the question. Such investigations usually address the process by which the suspected triggering activity might have significantly altered stresses in the bedrock at the earthquake source, and they commonly address the ways in which the characteristics of the suspected human-triggered earthquakes differ from the characteristics of natural earthquakes in the region.

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Crop Disaster Declared in 3 States

Posted by feww on February 14, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
.

Crop Disaster Declared for 33 Counties in Three States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 33 counties in three states as crop disaster areas, in three separate designations, due to the recent drought.

The disaster designations are for the states of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

  • Texas:  Andrews, Gaines, Winkler, Cochran, Loving, Yoakum, Donley, Lipscomb,  Roberts, Armstrong, Collingsworth, Hansford, Ochiltree, Briscoe, Gray, Hemphill, Wheeler, Carson, Hall and Hutchinson counties.
  • Oklahoma: Beaver, Ellis, Dewey, Blaine, Ellis, Roger, Mills, Custer, Major and Woodward counties.
  • New Mexico: Lea, Chaves, Eddy and Roosevelt counties.

Notes:
1. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

2. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

3. A number of counties have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

4. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

5. The disaster designations were approved by USDA on February 12, 2014.

2014 Federal and Agriculture Disaster Declarations

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More Quakes Strike Oklahoma

Posted by feww on February 11, 2014

Earthquake Hazard
.

Significant Quakes Continue to Strike Oklahoma

At least 10 shallow quakes measuring up to 4.1Mw have occurred in Oklahoma February 5 – 11, 2014.

The quakes have occurred at shallow depths of 3.6 – 5.2km. At least 27 earthquakes have occurred in the state of Oklahoma over the past 30 days.

OK quakes 11feb2014
Earthquake location map. Source: USGS/EHP.

Details of the Most Significant Quake in 30 Days

  • Magnitude: 4.1Mw
  • Event Time: 2014-02-09 02:16:01 UTC
  • Location;: 35.876°N, 97.261°W depth=4.8km (3.0mi)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 7km (4mi) S of Langston, Oklahoma
    • 50km (31mi) NNE of Oklahoma City

Tectonic Summary

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region – Natural Occurring Earthquake Activity
[Excerpts from USGS/EHP]

Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York – Philadelphia – Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake.

Induced Seismicity

As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included impoundment of water behind dams, injection of fluid into the earth’s crust, extraction of fluid or gas, and removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations. In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced. Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. Making a strong scientific case for a causative link between a particular human activity and a particular sequence of earthquakes typically involves special studies devoted specifically to the question. Such investigations usually address the process by which the suspected triggering activity might have significantly altered stresses in the bedrock at the earthquake source, and they commonly address the ways in which the characteristics of the suspected human-triggered earthquakes differ from the characteristics of natural earthquakes in the region.

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Oklahoma Declared Major Disaster Area

Posted by feww on January 31, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
STATE OF EMERGENCY

MAJOR DISASTER AREAS
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White House Declares Oklahoma Federal Disaster Area 

The White House has declared a major disaster in the State of Oklahoma in the areas affected by the severe winter storm during the period of December 5-6, 2013.

The areas worst affected by the severe winter storm are the counties of Choctaw, Le Flore, McCurtain, and Pushmataha.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said FEMA.

Recent Federal Disaster Declarations

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Drought Disaster Declared in 16 States

Posted by feww on January 16, 2014

CLIMATE-RELATED DISASTERS
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520 Counties across 16 States Declared Crop Disaster Areas due to Drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared crop disaster for 520 counties across 16 states due to a recent drought.

The disaster areas, declared in 11 separate designations, cover more than 16.5% of all counties and county-equivalents in the U.S.

The latest crop disaster areas are in the following states

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California (47 County-level crop disaster designations)
  • Colorado   (40 County-level crop disaster designations)
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas  (52  County-level crop disaster designations)
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma   (36 County-level crop disaster designations)
  • Oregon
  • Texas (197 County-level crop disaster designations)
  • Utah

The above list includes the disaster designation for 40 counties in 5 states posted earlier today.

Notes:
1. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

2. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

4. Several counties have been designated as  crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters occurring.

5. The disaster designations were approved by USDA between January 9 and December 18, 2013.

2014 Federal and Agriculture Disaster Declarations

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State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma due to Propane Shortage

Posted by feww on January 8, 2014

Fallin Declares a State of Emergency for Oklahoma as Propane Shortage Bites

Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency due to the depleted supply of propane in Oklahoma.

The order waives the state licensing requirements for out-of-state propane transporters allowing them to bring propane into Oklahoma because of the fuel shortage throughout the state.

Oklahoma has experienced a spike in demand for propane gas both for residential and commercial deliveries due to multiple winter storms that have caused extreme winter conditions, dumping massive amounts of snow and freezing rain across the state.

Many Oklahomans in rural areas depend on propane deliveries for heating and cooking.

“This executive order [effective through February 4] will help make sure that there is enough of a propane supply in the days and weeks ahead until problems are resolved,” said Fallin.

Executive Orders Issued by 14 other Governors amid Fuel Shortages

Governors in at least 14 other states—Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico and Vermont—have issued similar executive orders waving requirements for truck drivers concerning the number of hours and consecutive days they can transport propane into their states, according to reports.

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Significant Quakes January 4 – 5, 2014

Posted by feww on January 5, 2014

Global Earthquakes: 1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+

20 earthquakes struck globally in the 24 hours to 07:23:31UTC on January 5, 2014.

M 5.3 – 40km W of El Dovio, Colombia
Time: 2014-01-05 03:36:41 UTC
Location: 4.558°N 76.600°W
Depth: 61.4km

M 5.1 – 292km E of Chul’man, Russia
Time: 2014-01-04 19:34:27 UTC
Location: 56.714°N 129.683°E
Depth: 12.3km

M3.7 – 17km NNW of Langston, Oklahoma
Time: 2014-01-04 23:33:32 UTC
Location: 36.099°N 97.306°W
Depth; 4.6km

M3.5 – 2km NNE of Cherokee, Oklahoma
Time: 2014-01-04 20:35:32 UTC
Location: 36.772°N 98.347°W
Depth: 12.6km

M3.2 – 15km NNW of Chandler, Oklahoma
Time: 2014-01-04 21:26:17 UTC
Location: 35.838°N 96.934°W
Depth: 5.0km

M 4.9 – Kuril Islands
Time: 2014-01-04 16:10:17 UTC
Location: 47.252°N 153.014°E
Depth: 51.5km

M 4.7 – 157km ENE of Hachijo-jima, Japan
Time: 2014-01-04 18:12:20 UTC
Location: 33.757°N 141.288°E
Depth: 36.8km

[Source: USGS/EHP]

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U.S. Earthquakes 24 Hrs

Posted by feww on December 31, 2013

U.S. Earthquakes  24 Hrs to 02:30UTC – December 31, 2013

Of the 28 earthquakes measuring magnitude 2.5+ that have occurred globally in the past 24 hours, 6 have struck the Lower 48, including 2 in Oklahoma, as of posting.

Of the 171 earthquakes (all magnitudes) that have struck the globe in the past 24 hours, 102 have occurred in the Contiguous U.S., mostly in California, 39 in Alaska and 3 in Hawaii, as of posting, with the most significant quake measuring 3.7Mw, striking 4km SSW of Idyllwild, California at a depth of 19.4km (Also M3.8 event occurred 35km SW of Anchor Point, Alaska at a depth of 83.2km). Source: USGS/EHP.

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Significant Quake Strikes Ibaraki, Japan

Posted by feww on December 31, 2013

M5.4 Earthquake Strikes Near Ibaraki,  Japan

The event was centered near 36.7ºN, 140.7ºE and occurred at a depth of 10km. The quake was followed by several aftershocks, with the largest measuring 3.6Mw, as of posting.

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

  • Magnitude: 5.1Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-12-31 01:03:00 UTC
  • Location: 36.789°N 140.591°E depth=9.9km (6.2mi)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 13km (8mi) NW of Takahagi, Japan
    • 14km (9mi) W of Kitaibaraki, Japan
    • 21km (13mi) NNW of Hitachi, Japan
    • 21km (13mi) E of Daigo, Japan
    • 146km (91mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

Japan quake 123113 location map
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

EQ Details [JMA]
Magnitude: 5.4Mw
Event Time: 2013-12-31 01:03:00 UTC
Location: 36.7°N 140.7°E depth=10km
Region:  Ibaraki-ken Hokubu

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Earthquake Location Map.  Maximum intensity of 5 on Japan’s 1-7 scale recorded near epicenter. Source: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

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Significant Earthquakes Strike Oklahoma

Posted by feww on December 29, 2013

9 Percent of the day’s global seismicity occurred in Oklahoma, 17 percent in Lower 48!!

M4.1 earthquakes strikes near Langston, Oklahoma

The quake was centered at 35.896°N, 97.306°W and struck at a depth of about 5.0km (3.1mi). 

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 4.1Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-12-29 08:14:36 UTC
  • Location: 35.896°N 97.306°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 7km (4mi) SW of Langston, Oklahoma
    • 10km (6mi) E of Guthrie, Oklahoma
    • 31km (19mi) NNE of Edmond, Oklahoma
    • 33km (21mi) SW of Stillwater, Oklahoma
    • 51km (32mi) NNE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Olahoma eq locmap
Oklahoma Earthquakes Location Map.

The event followed two smaller earthquakes measuring

  • M3.4  (Location 36.870°N 97.622°W depth=4.3km; 155km N of Oklahoma City) and
  • M3.1 (36.141°N 97.329°W depth=5.0km; 76km NNE of Oklahoma City).

30 day EQs in Oklahoma and Texas
30 Days, Magnitude 2.5+ Earthquakes in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. 40 Earthquakes in the map area. Global map includes 1012 earthquakes – Updated: 2013-12-29 10:06:05UTC. Source: USGS/EHP

About 17  percent of the global seismicity in the past 30 days, in terms of number of events measuring M2.5+, occurred in or near contiguous United States.

Oklahoma Earthquakes in November

At least 41 earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater struck the state of Oklahoma in November 2013, according to data provided by USGS/EHP.

The largest shock in the cluster (No. 11 on the table below) measured 3.8Mw, striking at a depth of 5.9km on November 11, 2013 some 5km WNW of Jones, Oklahoma.

ok quakes nov2013-s
List of Oklahoma Earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater, November 2013.

Tectonic Summary [USGS/EHP]

Induced Seismicity. As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included impoundment of water behind dams, injection of fluid into the earth’s crust, extraction of fluid or gas, and removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations. In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced. Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. Making a strong scientific case for a causative link between a particular human activity and a particular sequence of earthquakes typically involves special studies devoted specifically to the question. Such investigations usually address the process by which the suspected triggering activity might have significantly altered stresses in the bedrock at the earthquake source, and they commonly address the ways in which the characteristics of the suspected human-triggered earthquakes differ from the characteristics of natural earthquakes in the region.

one-day quakes worldwide 28-29 december 13
Earthquake Location Map. 1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ Earthquakes Worldwide. 34 earthquakes shown on the map, updated at 2013-12-29 09:49:36 UTC. Source: USGS/EHP

M5.8 Quake Strikes Off the Coast of Turkey

  • Event Time:2013-12-28 15:21:05 UTC
  • Location: 35.980°N 31.340°E depth=51.1km (31.7mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 80km (50mi) SSW of Avsallar, Turkey
    • 204km (127mi) WNW of Nicosia, Cyprus

Tectonic Summary: Seismotectonics of the Mediterranean Region and Vicinity

The Mediterranean region is seismically active due to the northward convergence (4-10 mm/yr) of the African plate with respect to the Eurasian plate along a complex plate boundary. This convergence began approximately 50 Ma and was associated with the closure of the Tethys Sea. The modern day remnant of the Tethys Sea is the Mediterranean Sea. The highest rates of seismicity in the Mediterranean region are found along the Hellenic subduction zone of southern Greece, along the North Anatolian Fault Zone of western Turkey and the Calabrian subduction zone of southern Italy. Local high rates of convergence at the Hellenic subduction zone (35mm/yr) are associated with back-arc spreading throughout Greece and western Turkey above the subducting Mediterranean oceanic crust.

 
The region of the Marmara Sea is a transition zone between this extensional regime, to the west, and the strike-slip regime of the North Anatolian Fault Zone, to the east. The North Anatolian Fault accommodates much of the right-lateral horizontal motion (23-24 mm/yr) between the Anatolian micro-plate and Eurasian plate as the Anatolian micro-plate is being pushed westward to further accommodate closure of the Mediterranean basin caused by the collision of the African and Arabian plates in southeastern Turkey. Subduction of the Mediterranean Sea floor beneath the Tyrrhenian Sea at the Calabrian subduction zone causes a significant zone of seismicity around Sicily and southern Italy. Active volcanoes are located above intermediate depth earthquakes in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea and in southern Italy.

In the Mediterranean region there is a written record, several centuries long, documenting pre-instrumental seismicity (pre-20th century). Earthquakes have historically caused widespread damage across central and southern Greece, Cyprus, Sicily, Crete, the Nile Delta, Northern Libya, the Atlas Mountains of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. The 1903 M8.2 Kythera earthquake and the 1926 M7.8 Rhodes earthquakes are the largest instrumentally recorded Mediterranean earthquakes, both of which are associated with subduction zone tectonics. Between 1939 and 1999 a series of devastating M7+ strike-slip earthquakes propagated westward along the North Anatolian Fault Zone, beginning with the 1939 M7.8 Erzincan earthquake on the eastern end of the North Anatolian Fault system. The 1999 M7.6 Izmit earthquake, located on the westward end of the fault, struck one of Turkey’s most densely populated and industrialized urban areas killing, more than 17,000 people. Although seismicity rates are comparatively low along the northern margin of the African continent, large destructive earthquakes have been recorded and reported from Morocco in the western Mediterranean, to the Dead Sea in the eastern Mediterranean. The 1980 M7.3 El Asnam earthquake was one of Africa’s largest and most destructive earthquakes within the 20th century.

Large earthquakes throughout the Mediterranean region have also been known to produce significant and damaging tsunamis. One of the more prominent historical earthquakes within the region is the Lisbon earthquake of November 1, 1755, whose magnitude has been estimated from non-instrumental data to be about 8.0. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake is thought to have occurred within or near the Azores-Gibraltar transform fault, which defines the boundary between the African and Eurasian plates off the west coast of Morocco and Portugal. The earthquake is notable for both a large death toll of approximately 60,000 people and for generating a tsunami that swept up the Portuguese coast inundating coastal villages and Lisbon. An earthquake of approximately M8.0 near Sicily in 1693 generated a large tsunami wave that destroyed numerous towns along Sicily’s east coast. The M7.2 December 28, 1908 Messina earthquake is the deadliest documented European earthquake. The combination of severe ground shaking and a local tsunami caused an estimated 60,000 to 120,000 fatalities.  [Source:USGS National Earthquake Information Center.]

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M4.5 Quake Strikes NE Edmond Oil and Gas Field, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on December 8, 2013

Significant Earthquake Strikes 11km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma

A magnitude 4.5Mw earthquake struck within NE Edmond Oil and Gas Field at a shallow depth of 5km, at 18:10 UTC2 on December 07, 2013. The quake was followed by a small cluster of aftershocks, with the largest two measuring 3.1Mw, as of posting.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 4.5Mw
Event Time: 2013-12-07 18:10:23 UTC
Location: 35.680°N, 97.355°W
Depth: 5.0km (3.1mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 11km (7mi) ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 21km (13mi) NNW of Choctaw, Oklahoma
  • 23km (14mi) SSE of Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • 25km (16mi) N of Midwest City, Oklahoma
  • 27km (17mi) NNE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Source: USGS/EHP

Latest Oklahoma Earthquakes

  1. M3.1 8km N of Spencer, Oklahoma 2013-12-08 15:27:33 UTC+09:00 5.0 km
  2. M3.1 7km E of The Village, Oklahoma 2013-12-08 08:58:19 UTC+09:00 8.9 km
  3. M2.8 6km SE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2013-12-08 04:26:29 UTC+09:00 5.0 km
  4. M4.5 11km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2013-12-08 03:10:23 UTC+09:00 5.0 km

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

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41 Earthquakes Strike Oklahoma in November

Posted by feww on December 1, 2013

A large cluster of small but shallow quakes rattles Oklahoma City in November

At least 41 earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater struck the state of Oklahoma in November 2013, according to data provided by USGS/EHP.

The largest shock in the cluster (No. 11 on the table below) measured 3.8Mw, striking at a depth of 5.9km on November 11, 2013 some 5km WNW of Jones, Oklahoma.

  • The average depth of the November quakes was 5.3km.

Oklahoma Quakes - Nov 2013
Map of earthquakes in Oklahoma – Nov 2013. Source: USGS/EHP. Map Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

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List of Oklahoma Earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater, November 2013.

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The following information is mirrored from USGS Site.

Tectonic Summary

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region

Natural Occurring Earthquake Activity

Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York – Philadelphia – Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake. [...]

Induced Seismicity

As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included

  • Impoundment of water behind dams,
  • Injection of fluid into the earth’s crust,
  • Extraction of fluid or gas, and
  • Removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations.

In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced.  [...]

Latest Significant Quakes  (US and Global)

M5.5 – 221km W of Brookings, Oregon 2013-12-01 03:19:37 UTC
Location: 41.652°N 126.891°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:
+ 246km (153mi) WNW of McKinleyville, California
+ 481km (299mi) SW of Salem, Oregon

M6.4 – Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia 2013-12-01 01:24:13 UTC
Location: 7.014°S 128.376°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:
+ 340km (211mi) WNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia
+ 353km (219mi) ENE of Dili, East Timor

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July 2012: Hottest Month on Record for Continental U.S.

Posted by feww on August 9, 2012

Disaster Calendar – 9 August 2012

SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,315 Days Left

[August 9, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,315 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

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Hi temps and low precipitation intensified drought 2012, covering  about 2/3 of the U.S., as deadly wildfires burned millions of acres

July average temperature for contiguous U.S. climbed to 77.6°F, 3.3°F above the 20th century average, making it the hottest July and the hottest month on record for the country, reported NOAA. “The warm July temperatures contributed to a record-warm first seven months of the year and the warmest 12-month period the nation has experienced since recordkeeping began in 1895.”

“The August 2011-July 2012 period was the warmest 12-month period of any 12-months on record for the contiguous U.S., narrowly surpassing the record broken last month for the July 2011-June 2012 period by 0.07°F. The nationally averaged temperature of 56.1°F was 3.3°F above the long term average. Except Washington, which was near average, every state across the contiguous U.S. had warmer than average temperatures for the period.”

  • The previous warmest July was Dust Bowl summer of 1936 when the average U.S. temperature was 77.4°F.
  • Precipitation in continental U.S. averaged 2.57, 0.19 inches below average.
  • Virginia experienced its warmest July, with a statewide temperature 4.0°F above average.
  • Record heat also contributed to the warmest ever January-to-July period.
  • U.S. temperatures have now broken the hottest-12-months record 4 times in as many months (see chart below).
  • The U.S. Climate Extremes Index (USCEI) soared to a record-large 46 percent (more than twice the average value) during the January-July period, beating the previous record large CEI of 42 percent which occurred in 1934.


Year-to-date temperature Chart, by month, for 2012 (red), compared to the other 117 years on record for the contiguous U.S., with the five ultimately warmest years (orange) and five ultimately coolest years (blue) noted. Source: NCDC


The ten warmest 12-month periods recorded in the U.S. Temperatures have now broken the hottest-12-months record 4 times in as many months.  Source: NCDC

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

U.S. Drought Disaster 2012

About a quarter (24.14%) of the Continental U.S. is now in ‘Extreme’ or ‘Exceptional’ drought (D3 – D4), a rise of about 2 percent since July 31, and nearly a half (46.01%) of the country is experiencing ‘Severe’ to ‘Exceptional’ drought levels (D2 – D4), according to data released by the US Drought Monitor.


U.S. Drought Map. Comparison maps for July 31 and August 7, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor

  • New Mexico. USDA has designated eight counties in New Mexico as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.
  • Nebraska. USDA has designated 38 counties in Nebraska as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Iowa: 3 counties
    • Kansas: 2 counties
    • South Dakota: 3 counties
  • Mississippi. USDA has designated 6 counties in Mississippi as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Arkansas: 2 counties
  • Oklahoma. USDA has designated 20 counties in Oklahoma as  agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Kansas:  Cherokee County.
    • Missouri: 2 counties.

Oklahoma Drought Map


Oklahoma Drought Maps for July 31 and August 7, 2012.
Source: US Drought Monitor.

  • South Dakota. USDA has designated 6 counties in South Dakota as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Iowa: Lyon County.
    • Minnesota: 2 counties.
  • Ohio. USDA has designated 4 counties in Ohio as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Michigan: Hillsdale County.
    • Indiana: 2 counties.
  •  Arkansas. USDA has designated 6 counties in Arkansas as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.
  • Illinois. USDA has designated six  counties in Illinois as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Wisconsin: 2 counties.
  • Iowa. USDA has designated ten counties in Iowa as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Minnesota: 2 counties.
    • Nebraska: 2 counties.
    • S. Dakota: 3 counties.


Iowa Drought Maps for July 31 and August 7, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor. The areas covered by extreme or exceptional drought levels in Iowa have more than doubled from 30.74 percent last week to 69.14 percent on August 7.  Iowa is the country’s top corn and soybean producer.

  • Minnesota. USDA has designated 4 counties in Minnesota as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Iowa: Lyon County
    • South Dakota: Two counties
  • Kentucky. USDA has designated 9 counties in Kentucky as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Indiana: Perry County.
  • Kansas. USDA has designated 21 counties in Kansas, a key farm state,  as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Missouri: 2 counties.
    • Nebraska: 5  counties.
    • Oklahoma: 2 counties.

Kansas Drought Map

Kansas Drought Maps for July 31 and August 7, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor.

U.S. Corn Condition

Map of the Agricultural Weather Assessments for U.S. Corn Conditions for the week ending August 4, 2012. Source: USDA

Europe. Watch this space!

  • Manila, Philippines.  Authorities in the Philippines have appealed for “more medicines, blankets, mats and, more importantly, dry clothes” to help more than two million people displaced or severely affected by floods in and around Manila, as the death toll mounted.
    • many evacuation centers are  unable to provide warm meals for the growing numbers displaced, AFP reported Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman as saying. “Most local government units do a community kitchen, but the volume of evacuees is so big they have been overwhelmed,” she said.

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Wildfires Destroy Oklahoma Town

Posted by feww on August 5, 2012

Raging wildfires burning small Oklahoman towns

Extreme drought and 19 days of triple-digit temperatures have sparked at least 15 large wildfires throughout Oklahoma, devastating communities, destroying scores of homes, shutting down highways and forcing thousands to evacuate.

  • Wildfires have left the small town of Luther (pop: ~ 600) smoldering.
  • The blazes have destroyed at least 130 structures in Creek County, west of Tulsa.
  • Authorities ordered evacuations in the towns of Mannford (pop: ~3,000) and Glencoe (pop: ~ 600).
  • Thousands of others are voluntarily abandoning their homes in Creek County as out-of-control wildfires continue spreading.
  • The temperature was expected to soar to 113 degrees (45°C), said the National Weather Service.
  • Oklahoma City tied its all-time record temperature of 113 degrees set in 1936 on Friday.
  • The worsening drought and soaring heat are responsible for numerous devastating wildfires  in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, Wyoming and elsewhere in the past couple of months.


Oklahoma Drought Map, July 31, 2012. Source: U.S. Drought Monitor

“Heartbreaking.”

Gov. Fallin, who toured the smoldering town of Luther on Saturday, called the devastation “heartbreaking.”

“A lot of people were at work and didn’t realize how quickly the fire was moving,” she told Reuters. “It’s emotional. For the children, it’s very emotional to lose their possessions.”

State of Emergency Declared

Gov. Fallin declared a state of emergency on Monday for all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties due to the threats caused by extreme heat and dry conditions that continue to affect the entire state.


Contiguous United States Precipitation- Week Ending August 3, 2012. Source: HPRCC

About 80 percent of Continental United States was Abnormally Dry or in Drought Condition (D0 – D4) during the week ending August 3, 2012.

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