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Statement on Oklahoma Seismicity: OGS

Posted by feww on April 24, 2015

Seismic shift: Oklahoma earthquakes caused by wastewater injection

Oklahoma geologists say they now believe the majority of the state’s earthquakes are triggered by the oil and gas industry’s disposal of massive amounts of water underground.

They have measured the seismicity rate which is now more than 600 times greater than the background seismicity rate, and therefore highly unlikely to be the result of a natural process.

[They have missed a number of key details, including the “signature depth” at which the majority of the quakes are occurring. FEWW Scientific Team]

The government scientists at Oklahoma Geological Survey have issued the following statement:

Statement on Oklahoma Seismicity

Based on observed seismicity rates and geographical trends following major oil and gas plays with large amounts of produced water, the rates and trends in seismicity are very unlikely to represent a naturally occurring process. Historically, the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) recorded on average about 1 ½, magnitude three or greater (M3+) earthquakes each year, within Oklahoma. During 2013, the OGS observed on average about 2, M3+ earthquakes each week on average, and this rate continued to increase during 2014. Currently, the OGS is reporting on average about 2 ½, M3+ earthquakes each day. The OGS considers it very likely that the majority of recent earthquakes, particularly those in central and north-­‐central Oklahoma, are triggered by the injection of produced water in disposal wells.

The primary suspected source of triggered seismicity is not from hydraulic fracturing, but from the injection/disposal of water associated with oil and gas production. Produced water is naturally occurring water within the Earth that is often high in salinity and co-­‐ exists with oil and gas in the subsurface. As the oil and gas is extracted/produced, so is the water. This water is then separated from the oil and gas and re-­‐injected into disposal wells, often at greater depth from which it was produced. However, it is often stated that disposed water is wastewater from hydraulic fracturing. While there are large amounts of wastewater generated from hydraulic fracturing, this volume represents a small percentage of the total volume of wastewater injected in disposal wells in Oklahoma.

The observed seismicity of greatest concentration, namely in central and north-­‐central Oklahoma, can be observed to follow the oil and gas plays characterized by large amounts of produced water. Seismicity rates are observed to increase after a time-­‐delay as injection volumes increase within these plays. In central and north-­‐central Oklahoma, this time-­‐delay can be weeks to a year or more.

The OGS can document the following geological and geophysical characteristics related to the recent earthquake activity within Oklahoma.

  • The seismicity rate in 2013 was 70 times greater than the background seismicity rate observed in Oklahoma prior to 2008. While unlikely, this rate could have been potentially explained by natural variations in earthquake rates from naturally occurring swarms. The seismicity rate is now about 600 times greater than the background seismicity rate, and is very unlikely the result of a natural process.
  • The majority of earthquakes in central and north-­‐central Oklahoma occur as earthquake swarms and not in the typical foreshock-­‐mainshock-­‐aftershock sequences that are characteristic of naturally occurring earthquake sequences throughout the world in a variety of tectonic settings. However, it is recognized that naturally occurring earthquake swarms do occur and have occurred within the region.
  •  These earthquakes swarms are occurring over a large area, about 15% of the area of Oklahoma, that has experienced significant increase in wastewater disposal volumes over the last several years.
  • The earthquakes are primarily occurring on faults that are optimally and sub-­‐ optimally oriented within Oklahoma’s tectonic stress regime.
  • Both triggered and naturally occurring earthquakes release accumulated tectonic stress on these faults.
  • Most of the earthquakes in Oklahoma are occurring within crystalline basement, deeper than most oil and gas operations. However, reactivation of deeper basement faults from water injection/disposal at shallower depths is often observed in cases of triggered seismicity.
  • The majority of wastewater disposal is targeted for injection in the Arbuckle formations, which closely overlie the crystalline basement.
  • As a result of high bulk permeability within sections of the Arbuckle, pressure from water injection/disposal may be transmitted several miles from an injection site.
  • The high density of injection wells in central and north-­‐central Oklahoma combined with the high permeabilites within the Arbuckle makes identifying relationships between specific wells and seismic activity difficult.

The OGS endeavors to accurately document seismicity within Oklahoma, and is increasing its capability to improve earthquake monitoring and data products. This includes the addition of staff, as well as updating and adding seismic equipment to improve seismic monitoring coverage throughout the state. In addition, the OGS is compiling a database of known fault locations within Oklahoma from published scientific literature and voluntarily fault data contributions from the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA). The OGS also participates in projects with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and other researchers worldwide in the ongoing investigation of Oklahoma seismicity.

The OGS also works closely with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) to provide information on Oklahoma seismicity and research publications on triggered and induced seismicity. The OGS collaborates with the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and Ground Water Protection Council States First Initiative Workgroup on Induced Seismicity in multi-­‐state efforts to better understand the problem and develop a regulatory framework.

The OGS continues to make its data and data products publicly available in a timely manner, and to contribute to research and the public discussion of earthquakes in Oklahoma. As communicated in the joint USGS/OGS statement dated May 2, 2014, the earthquake hazard in Oklahoma has increased due to the increased rate of seismicity. It is important for Oklahomans to learn what to do during a significant earthquake, and be prepared. The OGS and the Oklahoma Office Emergency Management provide such information on their respective websites.

Oklahoma Geological Survey
Richard D. Andrews, Interim Director and State Geologist
Dr. Austin Holland, State Seismologist
April 21, 2015

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Crop Drought Disaster Continues to Spread in U.S. South, Midwest

Posted by feww on April 16, 2015

UPDATED

Drought destroys more crops in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared additional counties across Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.

The drought disaster designations are for the following areas:

  • Kansas.Barber, Butler, Chautauqua,Cowley, Elk, Harper, Kingman, Pratt, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner counties.
  • Oklahoma. Kay and Osage counties.
  • Texas. 23 counties including  Brown, Callahan, McCulloch, Menard, Mills and Taylor counties.
    Also: Coleman, Comanche, Concho, Eastland, Fisher, Hamilton, Jone, Kimble, Lampasas, Mason, Nolan, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Shackelford, Sutton and Tom Green counties.

Crop Disasters 2015

Beginning January 7, 2015 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least an 1,061 counties across 20  states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Majority of the 2015 crop disaster designations so far are due to drought.

Crop Disasters 2014

In 2014, USDA declared crop disasters in at least 2,904 counties across 44 states. Most of the designations were due to drought.

Those states were:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan. Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

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

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Some counties may have been designated as 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 15, 2015 and posted on USDA website on April 11, 2015 in a  separate declarations.

California Drought Update (U.S. Drought Monitor)

Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
2015-04-14 0.14 99.86 98.11 93.44 66.6 44.32
2015-04-07 0.15 99.85 98.11 93.44 66.6 44.32

Drought Severity
D0 – Abnormally Dry || D1 – Moderate Drought || D2 – Severe Drought|| D3 – Extreme Drought || D4 – Exceptional Drought

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States of Emergency Declared in Indiana, Oklahoma, Chile

Posted by feww on March 28, 2015

HIV Outbreak: Indiana Declares State of Emergency

Indiana Gov. Pence has declared a public health emergency after “the worst HIV outbreak in the state’s history.”

Pence said 79 cases had been confirmed, but “we expect that number to go up,” with more testing underway.

Every single confirmed case so far has been related to intravenous use of Opana, an opioid painkiller, said Pence.

“This is a very serious situation,” he said, adding that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had advised for a needle-exchange program to be set up.

“I’m prepared to make an exception to my long-standing opposition to needle-exchange programs,” said Pence. “This is a public health emergency driven by intravenous drug use.”

All of the HIV-infected cases so far detected were either in or connected to Scott County, near the Kentucky border, said a state health official.

Everyone who has tested positive for HIV has admitted to intravenous drug use, although some have also had sex with other users, said a public health nurse at Scott County Health Department.

Fallin Declares State of Emergency After Deadly Tornadoes

Oklahoma governor declared a state of emergency in 25 counties affected by tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and straight-line winds.

The twisters destroyed a mobile home park in suburban Sand Springs. At least one person was reported dead and scores of others injured with widespread damage reported across Oklahoma and Arkansas.

An EF-1 tornado spiraled through the suburb of Moore in Oklahoma City, where 24 people were killed by a tornado in May 2013.

Chile declares a state of emergency due to unprecedented deluge

Chile has declared a state of emergency in the northern regions of Atacama and Antofagasta after extreme rain events (EREs) left dozens of people dead or missing, forced thousands of others to flee their homes and closed copper-mining operations.

The EREs triggered an unprecedented flooding in the desert region, as rivers broke banks isolating numerous villages and communities.

The deluge in the north occurs as drought stricken southern Chile struggles with massive forest fires.

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Drought Crop Disaster Declared in Oklahoma

Posted by feww on March 26, 2015

6 Oklahoma counties declared crop disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated six additional counties in Oklahoma as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.

The crop disaster areas in Oklahoma are Creek, Lincoln, Logan, Noble, Pawnee and Payne counties.

Crop Disasters 2015

Beginning January 7, 2015 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 940 counties across 20  states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Majority of the 2015 crop disaster designations so far are due to drought.

Crop Disasters 2014

In 2014, USDA declared crop disasters in at least 2,904 counties across 44 states. Most of the designations were due to drought.

Those states were:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan. Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

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

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Some counties may have been designated as 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 March 25, 2015.

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Global Disasters / Significant Events – March 26, 2015

Posted by feww on March 26, 2015

Deadly tornadoes strike Arkansas and Oklahoma

A powerful storm system generated eight tornadoes (SPC confirmed 7 twisters) striking Arkansas and Oklahoma on Wednesday, killing at least one person, injuring several others and causing EXTENSIVE DAMAGE IN MOBILE HOME PARK NEAR HIGHWAY 51 AND 145 WEST AVENUE, according to reports received by Storm Prediction Center (SPC).

Another tornado swept through Sand Springs, Tulsa, damaging up to 100 buildings, while another twister in Moore, Oklahoma, damaged scores of buildings, tossing and overturning many cars and trucks, according to local reports.

Other tornadoes were reported in Cleveland and Cherokee counties, OK, while Arkansas reported at least 3 twisters in Benton, Madison and Carroll counties.

  • GOLF BALL TO TENNIS BALL SIZE HAIL STRUCK ROCKY BRANCH, ROGERS, BENTON, AR.
  • TENNIS BALL SIZED HAIL  AT INTERSTATE 40 AND MORGAN ROAD, CANADIAN COUNTY, OK.
  • SOFTBALL HAIL AT CAHNDLER PARK, TULSA, TULSA, OK.

Flash floods plague Chile’s Atacama desert region

Flash floods Chile’s Atacama desert have cut off dozens of communities, leaving tens of  thousands of people without electricity or drinking water and forcing authorities to begin mass evacuations.

Torrential rains  in the Andes have unleashed destructive walls of water and mud down in the valleys below inundating communities.

The mining city of Copiapo (po. 160,000) is inundated, after the river running through it burst its banks, while the state of desert commune of Chañaral (pop. 14,000) has been described as “grave.”

Several people have reportedly lost their lives and dozens of others are missing throughout the region.

Authorities have declared a state of disaster and deployed the military to co-ordinate rescue operations, and reinstate civil order.

The deluge in the north occurs as drought stricken southern Chile struggles with massive forest fires.

Saudi Arabia launches major military operation in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has launched a major military operation, backed by air strikes,  in Yemen against Houthi rebels, according to the Saudi ambassador in the US.

The envoy said Saudi Arabia had acted to “defend the legitimate government” of President Hadi, who fled his palace in Aden on Wednesday.

Explosions were reported in the capital Sanaa and its airport, while officials quoted by AFP news agency said at least 13 had been killed in one neighborhood.

Meantime, a senior Houthi rebel has warned that the Saudi aggression against Yemen  could set off a regional war, media reported.

Other parties that directly benefit from the Saudi aggression in Yemen are a Yemeni affiliate of Islamic State (formerly ISIL), and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), analysts say.

Continued…

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Elevated Seismicity Continues in Oklahoma

Posted by feww on March 24, 2015

Shallow quakes plague Oklahoma

At least 174 earthquakes measuring ≥ magnitude 2.5Mw have struck the state of Oklahoma and the Kansas border area over the past 30 days, as of posting.

Two of the largest quakes measuring 4.0Mw occurred in the past 12 houyrs:

M 4.0 – 12km ENE of Perry, Oklahoma
Time: 2015-03-24 at 00:27:28 UTC
Location: 36.344°N, 97.168°W
Depth: 4.0 km

M 4.0 – 22km SSE of Medford, Oklahoma
Time: 2015-03-23 at 23:29:54 UTC
Location: 36.621°N, 97.642°W
Depth: 1.4 km

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Drought Crop Disasters Declared in 10 U.S. States

Posted by feww on March 5, 2015

Crop Disasters Declared for 69  Counties in 10 States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 69 additional counties in 10 states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah—as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought.

Crop Disasters 2015

Beginning January 7, 2015 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 863 counties across 16 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

All of the 2015 crop disaster designations so far are due to drought.

Crop Disasters 2014

In 2014, USDA declared crop disasters in at least 2,904 counties across 44 states. Most of the designations were due to drought.

Those states were:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan. Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

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

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Some counties may have been designated as 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 February 25, 2015.

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Flu Deaths Rising Globally

Posted by feww on February 15, 2015

U.S. flu deaths remain at epidemic levels amid widespread flu activity

Pneumonia and Influenza (P&I) Mortality Surveillance: During week 5, week ending February 7, 2015, some 8.1% of all deaths reported through the 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to P&I. This percentage was above the epidemic threshold of 7.2% for week 5, said CDC.

Influenza-Associated Pediatric Mortality:

Eleven influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC during week 5. Four deaths were associated with an influenza A (H3) virus and occurred during weeks 52, 3 and 4 (weeks ending December 27, 2014, January 24 and January 31, 2015). Five deaths were associated with an influenza A virus for which no subtyping was performed and occurred during weeks 53, 1, 2, and 3 (weeks ending January 3, January 10, January 17, and January 24, 2015). One death was associated with an influenza B virus and occurred during week 4. One death was associated with an influenza A and influenza B virus co-infection and occurred during week 5 (week ending February 7, 2015).

A total of 80 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported during the 2014-2015 season from New York City [1] and 28 states (Arizona [2], Colorado [3], Florida [2], Georgia [1], Indiana [1], Iowa [3], Kansas [2], Kentucky [3], Louisiana [2], Maryland [1], Massachusetts [1], Michigan [1], Minnesota [5], Missouri [1], Nebraska [1], New Jersey [1], North Carolina [2], Nevada [6], New York [2], Ohio [5], Oklahoma [6], Pennsylvania [1], South Carolina [2], South Dakota [1], Tennessee [5], Texas [9], Virginia [4], and Wisconsin [6]).

 During week 5, the following influenza activity was reported:

  • Widespread influenza activity was reported by Puerto Rico and 32 states (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming).
  • Regional influenza activity was reported by Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 16 states (Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia).
  • Local activity was reported by the District of Columbia and two states (Alaska and Minnesota).

Between October 1, 2014 and February 7, 2015, 12,065 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported. The overall hospitalization rate was 44.1 per 100,000 population. The highest rate of hospitalization was among adults aged ≥65 years (217.3 per 100,000 population), followed by children aged 0-4 years (40.4 per 100,000 population). Among all hospitalizations, 96.1% were associated with influenza A, 3.1% with influenza B, 0.3% with influenza A and B co-infection, and 0.4% had no virus type information. Among those with influenza A subtype information, 99.7% were A(H3N2) virus and 0.3% were A(H1N1)pdm09.

Outpatient Illness Surveillance:

Nationwide during week 5, some 3.8% of patient visits reported through the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet) were due to influenza-like illness (ILI). This percentage is above the national baseline of 2.0%.

[CDC has characterized 809 influenza viruses [21 A(H1N1)pdm09, 634 A(H3N2), and 154 influenza B viruses] collected by U.S. laboratories since October 1, 2014.]

At least 259 Floridians died from flu in first week of 2015 alone: Report

“It’s a safe bet that, by now, the January death count from flu or flu-related pneumonia in Florida has exceeded 1,000.” —Report

North Carolina flu deaths climb to 114, deadliest in five years: Report

“There were 15 flu-related deaths in the week ending Jan. 17, bringing the total to 114, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.” —Report

Oklahoma breaks last year’s record for flu deaths

At least 82 Oklahomans have died from flu since September 2014, including 14 in the past week, with 1,789 others hospitalized with the virus, with three more months of flu season to go. The state reported a total of 71 deaths from flu last year.

Arkansas Flu Deaths Climb to 37: Health Officials

Since September 28, when the flu calendar starts, more than 21,600 tests have proved positive for flu viruses in Arkansas including 1,700, which were reported last week alone, according to an official report.

196 flu deaths reported in Hong Kong

An H3N2 outbreak in Hong Kong, which started on January 2, 2015, has left at least 280 hospitalized, killing 196 patients. The rate compares with 266 cases including 133 moralities during the same period last year, said Hong Kong health officials.

Health authorities said of the 16 new cases reported between Friday and Saturday 15 patients have died.

India: 78 swine flu deaths in 24 hours

Swine flu death toll in India has climbed to at least 485. “This is more than twice the total number of deaths due to swine flu in 2014. The total number of cases reported this year is 6,298,” said a report.

Quebec Fears Spike in Flu Deaths

Quebec’s health ministry says there could be 27 per cent more flu deaths in the province this year than in 2012-2013, said a report.

The ministry forecasts a total of up to 450 deaths from flu this season, about 50 per cent higher than normal. This is mainly due to this year’s ineffective flu vaccine. The H3N2 strain that’s been making the rounds in the province is more likely to cause respiratory complications, said the report.

The exact number of people who die from seasonal flu in the U.S. each year

CDC does not know exactly how many people die from seasonal flu each year. There are several reasons for this. First, states are not required to report individual seasonal flu cases or deaths of people older than 18 years of age to CDC. Second, seasonal influenza is infrequently listed on death certificates of people who die from flu-related complications. Third, many seasonal flu-related deaths occur one or two weeks after a person’s initial infection, either because the person may develop a secondary bacterial co-infection (such as bacterial pneumonia) or because seasonal influenza can aggravate an existing chronic illness (such as congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Also, most people who die from seasonal flu-related complications are not tested for flu, or they seek medical care later in their illness when seasonal influenza can no longer be detected from respiratory samples.

CDC estimates that from the 1976-1977 season to the 2006-2007 flu season, flu-associated deaths ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. Death certificate data and weekly influenza virus surveillance information was used to estimate how many flu-related deaths occurred among people whose underlying cause of death was listed as respiratory or circulatory disease on their death certificate.

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Drought Disaster Declared in 12 States

Posted by feww on February 6, 2015

UPDATED February 7, 2015

RAPID CLIMATE CHANGE
EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
DROUGHT
MULTIPLE CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS  900, [500,] 444, 117, 111, 100, 067, 03, 02
.

Drought destroys or damages crops in 504 counties across 12 states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 504 countiesiii in 12 states as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by drought.

Those designations are for:

Arizona (20 counties/disaster designations), California (68 disaster designations, which cover ALL of the state’s 58 counties), Colorado (36), Idaho (9), Kansas (54), Nebraska (1), Nevada (28 designations, which cover ALL of the state’s 16 counties and Carson City), New Mexico (27), Oklahoma (77), Oregon (7), Texas (154) and Utah (22).

Crop Disasters 2015

Beginning January 7, 2015 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 731 countiesiii across 14 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

All of the 2015 disaster designations so far are due to drought.

Crop Disasters 2014

In 2014, USDA declared crop disasters in at least 2,904 counties across 44 states. Most of the designations were due to drought.

Those states were:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan. Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

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

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Some counties may have been designated as 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 February 4, 2015.

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Earthquake Strikes near Cherokee, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on February 5, 2015

SEISMIC HAZARDS
HEIGHTENED U-S SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 700, [500,] 08, 07, 02
.

M4.3 quake occurs NNE of Great Salt Plains Lake, OK

Centered at 36.792°N, 98.270°W, the quake occurred at a depth of 5.0km, said USGS/EHP.

At least 7 other quakes, measuring 2.5Mw or greater, have occurred across the state in the past 24 hours.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 4.3Mw
Location: 36.792°N, 98.270°W
Depth: 5.0km
Event Time: 2015-02-05 at 15:08:41 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 8km (5mi) ENE of Cherokee, Oklahoma
  • 56km (35mi) NW of Enid, Oklahoma
  • 161km (100mi) NNW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Earthquakes Rattle Oklahoma, Kansas

Posted by feww on January 27, 2015

Another swarm of earthquakes strikes Oklahoma, Kansas

A cluster of at least 11 earthquakes have struck Oklahoma and the border area with neighboring state of Kansas in the past 24 hours, according to data posted by USGS/EHP.

The largest quake in the cluster measured 4.3Mw and was centered at 36.848°N, 97.699°W.

  • M4.2, 21km SSE of Medford, Oklahoma 2015-01-27 15:58:40 UTC depth = 2.1km
  • M3.8, 3km SSE of Perry, Oklahoma 2015-01-27 11:31:10 UTC depth = 3.7km
  • M3.4, 6km NW of Caldwell, Kansas 2015-01-27 07:38:05 UTC depth = 4.8km
  • M2.9, 11km S of Caldwell, Kansas 2015-01-27 05:44:22 UTC depth = 5.0km
  • M3.1, 7km NW of Caldwell, Kansas 2015-01-27 05:28:53 UTC depth = 4.6km
  • M2.6, 11km S of Caldwell, Kansas 2015-01-27 05:02:30 UTC depth = 5.0km
  • M2.4, 5km SSW of Guthrie, Oklahoma 2015-01-27 02:22:03 UTC depth = 7.5km
  • M3.0, 29km W of Helena, Oklahoma 2015-01-26 23:46:23 UTC depth = 2.7km
  • M3.3, 5km S of Guthrie, Oklahoma 2015-01-26 21:45:13 UTC depth = 5.0km
  • M4.3, 5km NE of Medford, Oklahoma 2015-01-26 19:30:44 UTC depth = 6.6km
  • M2.5, 18km S of Perry, Oklahoma 2015-01-26 18:03:17 UTC depth = 8.3km

 

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Crop Disasters Declared for 220 Counties in Three States

Posted by feww on January 8, 2015

RAPID CLIMATE CHANGE
EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS  900, [500,] 444, 117, 111, 100, 067, 03, 02
.

Persistent Drought Destroys or Damages Crops in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 220 counties in three states—Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico—as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a lingering drought that occurred from January 1, 2014, and continues.

Texas:

TX drought disaster jan 2015

Oklahoma: Beaver, Cotton, Jefferson, Roger Mills, Beckham, Ellis, Love, Texas, Bryan, Harmon, Marshall, Tillman, Cimarron and Jackson counties.

New Mexico: Curry, Lea, Quay, Union, Dona Ana, Otero and Roosevelt counties.

Crop Disasters 2015

Beginning January 7, 2015 USDA has declared crop disasters in  220 counties across three states. All of those disaster designations are due to drought.

Crop Disasters 2014

In 2014 USDA declared crop disasters in at least 2,904 counties across 44 states. Most of the designations were due to drought.

Those states are

  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan. Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

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

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Some 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 January 7, 2015.

Crop Disaster Declarations in 2014

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Perry and Pawnee Popping Like Popcorn Poppers

Posted by feww on December 15, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARDS
HEIGHTENED U.S. SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS: 704, 703,  700, [500,] 09, 08, 07, 02
.

Earthquakes continue to rattle Oklahoma

At least 11 earthquakes have struck the U.S. state of Oklahoma over the past 24 hours, as of posting. Most of the events occurred near Perry and Pawnee, Okla.

List of  the events, as recorded by USGS/EHP:

2.7 17km N of Stillwater, Oklahoma 2014-12-15 03:45:30 UTC depth of 5.0 km
2.8 5km SW of Pawnee, Oklahoma 2014-12-15 02:32:51 UTC depth of 8.6 km
2.9 21km W of Perry, Oklahoma 2014-12-14 22:22:55 UTC depth of 9.3 km
4.0 4km ESE of Pawnee, Oklahoma 2014-12-14 21:18:20 UTC depth of 4.7 km
3.1 22km W of Perry, Oklahoma 2014-12-14 21:07:13 UTC depth of 6.6 km
2.9 10km SE of Helena, Oklahoma 2014-12-14 19:02:16 UTC depth of 5.0 km
3.0 22km W of Perry, Oklahoma 2014-12-14 16:09:47 UTC depth of 5.5 km
3.8 22km W of Perry, Oklahoma 2014-12-14 15:48:41 UTC depth of 6.4 km
3.1 3km SE of Pawnee, Oklahoma 2014-12-14 10:19:54 UTC depth of 5.0 km
2.8 3km SE of Pawnee, Oklahoma 2014-12-14 10:11:20 UTC depth of 5.0 km
4.3 22km NE of Cherokee, Oklahoma 2014-12-14 09:14:21 UTC depth of 5.0 km

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Earthquakes Strike Oklahoma, Texas

Posted by feww on November 30, 2014

HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SEISMIC HAZARDS
EQS IN OKLAHOMA, TEXAS
SCENARIOS: 704, 703,  700, [500,] 09, 08, 07, 02
.

M4.2 quake strikes SSE of Medford, Oklahoma

Centered at 36.582°N, 97.614°W the quake occurred at a signature depth of 4.5km (2.8mi), about 27km (17mi) SSE of Medford, Oklahoma.

The quake was one of at least 40 quakes striking Oklahoma over the past 7 days.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.2Mw
Event Time: 2014-11-30 10:24:44 UTC
Location: 36.582°N 97.614°W depth=4.5km (2.8mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 31km (19mi) NE of Enid, Oklahoma
  • 49km (30mi) WSW of Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • 123km (76mi) N of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Source: USGS/EHP

M3.4 Quake Strikes SE of Dallas, Texas

Centered at 32.493°N, 97.118°W the quake struck at a shallow depth of 2.8km (1.7mi), about 50km SE of Dallas [FEWW estimate,], Texas.

The event was one of at least five quakes to occur in Texas over the past 7 days. Four quakes struck close to Irving, Texas between 23 and 25 November.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 3.4Mw
Event Time: 2014-11-30 05:52:23 UTC
Location: 32.493°N 97.118°W depth=2.8km (1.7mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 6km (4mi) NNW of Venus, Texas
  • 8km (5mi) SSE of Mansfield, Texas
  • 30km S of Arlington, Texas [FEWW estimate]
  • 55km SSE of Irving, Texas [FEWW estimate]
  • 253km (157mi) NNE of Austin, Texas

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Earthquakes Strike 11 U.S. States

Posted by feww on November 25, 2014

HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SEISMIC HAZARDS
SCENARIOS 704, 703,  700, [500,] 09, 08, 07, 02
.

Multiple earthquakes strike 11 states, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

At least 188 earthquakes measuring up to magnitude 4.0Mw have struck 11 states, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands  over the past 24 hours.

The largest quake, as of posting, measured 4.0Mw, occurring 2km (1mi) SE of Medford, Oklahoma, according to USGS/EHP.

Earthquakes also struck Alaska, California, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

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M4.8 Quake Strikes Southern Kansas

Posted by feww on November 13, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 700, [500,] 08, 07, 02
.

Significant Kansas quake felt throughout the state, neighboring Oklahoma

Centered at 37.275°N, 97.616°W, about 52km (32mi) SSW of Wichita, Kansas, the quake occurred at a predictable shallow depth of 2.9km.

Local media have reported structural damage to buildings in Wichita.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.8Mw
Event Time: 2014-11-12 21:40:00 UTC
Location: 37.275°N, 97.616°W depth=2.9km (1.8mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 13km (8mi) S of Conway Springs, Kansas
  • 39km (24mi) SW of Haysville, Kansas
  • 42km (26mi) SW of Derby, Kansas
  • 52km (32mi) SSW of Wichita, Kansas
  • 200km (124mi) N of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Source: USGS/EHP

Intense Seismicity Continues in N. Nevada

Meantime, a magnitude 4.9 quake struck northern Nevada. The area has been rattled by at at least 32 additional shocks, with 17 quakes measuring ≥2.5Mw in the past 24 hours,  bringing the the total number of the quakes measuring  ≥2.5Mw near Bald Mountain to at least 174 since October 23, 2014.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.9Mw
Event Time: 2014-11-13 06:36:07 UTC
Location: 41.890°N 119.621°W depth=0.2km (0.2mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 63km (39mi) ESE of Lakeview, Oregon
  • 173km (107mi) E of Altamont, Oregon
  • 177km (110mi) E of Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • 184km (114mi) NNE of Susanville, California
  • 304km (189mi) N of Carson City, Nevada

[NOTE: USGS/EHP has upgraded the reported magnitude of the above event from 4.5 to 4.7, 4.8 and 4.9Mw, as of posting at 07:10 UTC. Editor]

Four of the largest quakes in the ongoing seismicity so far measured 4.6 to 4.9Mw striking at shallow depths near Bald Mountain.

  • 4.9Mw strikes 63km ESE of Lakeview, Oregon 2014-11-13 at 06:36:07 UTC at a depth of 0.2 km
  • 4.7Mw strikes 67km ESE of Lakeview, Oregon 2014-11-07 at 08:05:54 UTC at a depth of 0.0 km
  • 4.7Mw strikes 68km ESE of Lakeview, Oregon 2014-11-06 at 08:34:46 UTC at a depth of 5.3 km
  • 4.6Mw strikes 63km ESE of Lakeview, Oregon 2014-11-05 at 07:23:04 UTC at a depth of 0.1 km

nevada EQs 13nov14
Nevada EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

nevada EQs 13nov2014-amended
Amended EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Some 194 earthquakes of all magnitudes have struck the U.S. (includes Alaska and Hawaii) in the past 24 hours, according to the USGS data.

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M4.1 Quake Strikes Near Perkins, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on November 10, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 700, [500,] 08, 07, 02
.

Significant Quake Strikes 8km NW of Perkins, Oklahoma

Centered at 36.03°N, 97.09°W the quake occurred at a signature depth of 5km.

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

Event Time: 2014-11-09 20:10:19 UTC
Location: 36.031°N 97.093°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 8km (5mi) NW of Perkins, Oklahoma
  • 9km (6mi) SSW of Stillwater
  • 34km (21mi) ENE of Guthrie
  • 54km (34mi) NE of Edmond
  • 73km (45mi) NNE of Oklahoma City

Nevada Earthquakes

Meantime, intense low-medium seismicity continued in NW Nevada, with at least 252 shocks  ≤4.7Mw including 129 quakes measuring between 2.5 and 4.7Mw rattling the Bald Mountain area.


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Significant Quakes Strike Kansas, Oklahoma, Iceland

Posted by feww on September 30, 2014

 

Kansas Shaken by Magnitude 4.1 Quake

Centered at 37.239°N, 97.967°W the event occurred at a signature depth of 5.6km (3.5mi).

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

Magnitude: 4.1Mw
Event Time: 2014-09-30 @ 14:55:04 UTC
Location: 37.239°N 97.967°W depth=5.6km (3.5mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 7km (4mi) SE of Harper, Kansas
  • 65km (40mi) WSW of Haysville, Kansas
  • 70km (43mi) WSW of Derby, Kansas
  • 75km (47mi) SW of Wichita, Kansas
  • 200km (124mi) NNW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

M4.1 quake strikes near Perry, Oklahoma

The largest of 4 earthquakes to strike Oklahoma so far today measured 4.1Mw, occurring at depth of 5.0km (3.1mi) about 24km (15mi) WSW of Perry, Oklahoma, reported USGS/EHP.

At least 419 quakes measuring 3.0 or greater have struck Oklahoma over the last 365 days.

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

Magnitude: 4.1Mw
Event Time: 2014-09-30 @ 03:01:26 UTC
Location: 36.232°N 97.556°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 24km (15mi) WSW of Perry, Oklahoma
  • 34km (21mi) ESE of Enid, Oklahoma
  • 40km (25mi) NNW of Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • 46km (29mi) WNW of Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 84km (52mi) N of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 M5.5 shock rattles Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland

Centered at 64.612°N, 17.361°W the quake struck at a depth of 5.6 km about 8.5km  ESE of Bárðarbunga volcano, said Iceland Meteorological Office (IMO).

The quake was the largest to strike Iceland in recent days.

 


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Mt Mayon Threatens to Erupt: Thousands Evacuated

Posted by feww on September 16, 2014

VOLCANIC HAZARD
MAYON VOLCANO
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 070, 09, 08, 07
.

Mayon in high state of unrest, explosive eruption possible

Thousands of people have been evacuated from around the foot Mt Mayon, Philippines’ most active volcano, as the crater glow became observable indicating presence of molten lava and superheated volcanic gases.

PHIVOLCS released the following bulletins earlier:

MAYON VOLCANO BULLETIN 16 September 2014 8:00 A.M.

Mayon Volcano’s (13.2500°N, 123.6833°E) seismic network recorded thirty-two (32) volcanic earthquakes and seventy-two (72) rock fall events during the past 24-hour observation period. Intensity III (bright) crater glow was visible last night, although rain clouds prevented visual observation of the crater during the day. Rolling incandescent rockfall within the uppermost reaches of the Bonga Gully last night indicates that the summit lava dome is breaching the crater in its southeastern side. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) flux was measured at an average of 611 tonnes/day on 02 September 2014. Ground deformation data showed inflationary changes in the edifice from February 2014 based on precise leveling surveys on the 3rd week of August 2014, and edifice inflation from January 2012 baselines based on continuous tilt measurement. All the above data indicate that the volcano is exhibiting relatively high unrest due to the movement of potentially eruptible magma.

Mayon Volcano’s alert status has been raised to Alert Level 3.   This means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks. It is recommended that the 6-km radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) around the volcano and the 7-km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southeastern flank be enforced due to the danger of rock falls, landslides and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows.  PHIVOLCS maintains close monitoring of Mayon Volcano and any new development will be communicated to all concerned stakeholders.

NOTICE OF INCREASE TO ALERT LEVEL 3:

In the past several hours, a noticeable escalation of unrest was recorded by the Mayon Volcano monitoring network. Since 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM today, 39 rockfall events that are ascribed to incipient breaching of the growing summit lava dome across the southeastern crater rim, and 32 low frequency volcanic earthquakes that indicate magma intrusion and/or volcanic gas activity, have been detected. Crater glow has become observable, indicating incandescence of the crater from molten lava and hot volcanic gas.

In view thereof, PHIVOLCS-DOST is now raising the alert status of Mayon Volcano from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3. This means that Mayon is exhibiting relatively high unrest and that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks.  It is therefore recommended that the 6-km radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) around the volcano and the 7-km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southeastern flank be enforced due to the danger of rockfalls, landslides and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows. PHIVOLCS maintains close monitoring of Mayon Volcano and any new development will be communicated to all concerned stakeholders.

Significant Earthquakes

Iceland has been rattled by 7 significant quakes measuring between magnitudes 4.6 and 5.3Mw since September 10.

  • The largest quake measured 5.3Mw, which occurred 108km WNW of Hofn at depth of 10.0 km on 2014-09-15 at 08:05:02 UTC.

Sweden registered a rare earthquake measuring 4.7Mw, which struck about 59km (37mi) N of Mora, said USGS/EHP.

  • The quake occurred at a depth of about 14.3km (8.9mi), at 13:08UTC on September 15, 2014.

Oklahomans were rattled by at least 4 earthquakes over the last 24 hours. The quakes measured between magnitudes 2.7 and 4.0Mw.

  • The largest quake measuring 4.0Mw occurred about 6km S of Guthrie, Oklahoma at a depth of 4.4 km on September 15 at 20:08UTC.

Japan recorded a magnitude 5.6 shock striking Ibaraki Prefecture about 44km (27mi) NNE of Tokyo, which scared the living daylight out of millions of local kamikazes.

  • The quake registered 5- (Five Minus) on the local 7-point seismic scale.

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FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecasts for California and Japan

FIRE-EARTH Science Team has suspended its research on California seismicity to protest Internet censorship, Google’s manipulation of  information, theft of FIRE-EARTH intellectual property and other reasons, as previously stated.

The Team has suspended its research also on Japan seismicity due to resurgence of militarism in Japan and other reasons, as previously stated.

 

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The 837th Quake Strikes Oklahoma in 2014

Posted by feww on August 9, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED SEISMICITY IN OKLAHOMA
SCENARIOS 09, 08, 07
.

‘It feels like the earth is opening up and you are falling’

At least 837 earthquakes measuring magnitude  2.5 or greater have struck the state of Oklahoma, so far this year, according to the USGS archives.

At least 285 of the quakes measured 3.0Mw, or greater. This compares with only 277 quakes that occurred during the previous 14 years.

“The houses are bouncing. It is frightening,” said the information manager for the Oklahoma Corporations Commission, the state regulator for the oil and gas industry.

Fracking Oklahoma to Death

More than 90 percent of Oklahoma produces oil and gas, and the industry’s wastewater is injected into thousands of disposal wells, usually old gas wells, around the state, said a report. “Scientific studies have shown wastewater activity may cause quakes when occurring near geologic faults.”

However, regulators still claim ignorance concerning the link between the disposal wells, and the spike in the seismic activity.

“It feels like the earth is opening up and you are falling,” said a resident in Guthrie, a town of about 11,000 people, located 40km west of Oklahoma City, which has been hit by at least 11 quakes M3.0 or greater, so far this month. “It’s scary.”

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Significant Quake Strikes Near Medford, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on July 29, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 08, 07
.

M4.3 Quake Occurs 24km WSW of Medford, Oklahoma

Centered at 36.732°N, 97.987°W the quake struck at a depth of about 7.6km (4.7mi), said USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.3Mw
Event Time: 2014-07-29 02:46:36 UTC
Location: 36.732°N 97.987°W depth=7.6km (4.7mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 24km (15mi) WSW of Medford, Oklahoma
  • 38km (24mi) NNW of Enid, Oklahoma
  • 80km (50mi) W of Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • 92km (57mi) WSW of Arkansas City, Kansas
  • 146km (91mi) NNW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Crop Disasters Declared in Six States

Posted by feww on July 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
INTENSE DROUGHT
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
SEVERE FLOODING
HAIL
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 900,  888, 066, 555, 444, 178, 111, 178, 071, 023, 03
.

Drought, Extreme Rain Event, Hail, and Flooding destroy crops in 34 counties across six states.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 34 counties in six states as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by the worsening drought, extreme rain events, hail, and flooding.

The disaster designations are as follows:

Drought Disaster

  • Idaho: Madison, Bonneville, Fremont, Jefferson and Teton counties.
  • Oklahoma: Hughes, Mayes, Okmulgee, Wagoner, Cherokee, McIntosh, Pontotoc, Coal, Muskogee, Rogers
    Craig, Okfuskee, Seminole, Creek, Pittsburg, Tulsa and Delaware counties.
  • Utah: Wasatch, Duchesne, Salt Lake, Summit and Utah counties.

Disaster designations due to heavy precipitation, flooding and hail from June 11, 2014, through June 18, 2014

  • Minnesota: Rock, Murray, Nobles and Pipestone counties.
  • Iowa: Lyon County.
  • South Dakota: Minnehaha and Moody counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,170 separate crop disasters across 31 states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington, Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

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. 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 July 16, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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Intense Seismicity Resumes in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on July 13, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
INTENSE GEOTHERMAL ACTIVITY
SCENARIOS 08, 07
.

95 Percent of 1 Day, All Magnitudes Quakes Strike U.S.

Some 170 of 179 all magnitudes quakes have struck the U.S. [Puerto Rico included] in the past 24 hours, as of posting

Oklahoma

At least 8 quakes have struck Oklahoma, in the past 24 hours including a magnitude 4.3 shock, which occurred 8km SSW of Langston.

California 

Intense low-level seismicity has resumed in California with dozens of shocks occurring throughout the states and neighboring Nevada.

Alaska

Heightened low-level seismicity has also been recorded in Alaska, with the largest quake measuring magnitude 3.1, which occurred 38km NNE of Coldfoot, Alaska.

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Earthquakes Strike California, New York, Oklahoma…

Posted by feww on July 6, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 08, 07
.

M4.6 Quake Strikes East of Big Bear City

Centered at 34.281°N, 117.027°W the quake occurred at a depth of about 8.7km, according to USGS/EHP. The mainshock was followed by at least 4 dozen aftershocks with the largest measuring 3.4Mw, as of posting.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 4.6Mw
Event Time: 2014-07-05 16:59:34 UTC
Location: 34.281°N 117.027°W depth=8.7km (5.4mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 11km (7mi) WNW of Big Bear Lake, California
  • 15km (9mi) ENE of Lake Arrowhead, California
  • 16km (10mi) W of Big Bear City, California
  • 23km (14mi) NE of Highland, California

Big Bear quakes 6jul14
EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Oklahoma Earthquakes

Meanwhile, a magnitude 3.3 shock occurred in Oklahoma at 36.219°N, 97.522°W at a signature depth of 5km.

New York Earthquakes

M2.5 quake occurs ESE of Highland Falls, New York. Centered at41.364°N, 73.934°W the quake struck at a depth of 5Km.

Heightened U.S. Seismicity continues

About 96 percent of all earthquakes worldwide have struck the United States (including Puerto Rico) over the past day.

US quakes 6jul14
1 Day All Magnitudes Global: 272 earthquakes  Updated: 2014-07-06 02:26:51 UTC
261 earthquakes in map area. Source USGS/EHP

About 95 percent of all earthquakes in the past 7 days have also occurred in the U.S.  (including Puerto Rico).

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecasts for California

FIRE-EARTH Science Team has suspended its research on California seismicity, Japan ditto.


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More Quakes Plague Oklahoma

Posted by feww on June 18, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 08, 07
.

M4.1 Strikes NE of Oklahoma City

Centered at 35.610°N, 97.371°W, the quake struck at a signature depth of  about 5.0km (3.1mi), some 20km (12mi) NE of Oklahoma City.

[Some 210 earthquakes measuring 3.0Mw or greater have struck Oklahoma so far this year, compared with 98  similar events during the entire 2013, and a total of 23 quakes between 1978 and 2000.]

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.1Mw
Event Time: 2014-06-18 10:53:02 UTC
Location: 35.610°N 97.371°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 9km (6mi) N of Spencer, Oklahoma
  • 10km (6mi) ESE of Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 15km (9mi) NW of Choctaw, Oklahoma
  • 17km (11mi) N of Midwest City, Oklahoma
  • 20km (12mi) NE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

OK Seismicity in the Last 48 hours

3.7 7km ENE of Langston, Oklahoma 2014-06-18 23:08:33 UTC+09:00 6.0 km
4.1 9km N of Spencer, Oklahoma 2014-06-18 10:53:02 UTC 5.0 km
2.7 7km SE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2014-06-18 10:30:18 UTC 5.0 km
3.0 9km ESE of Langston, Oklahoma 2014-06-18 07:08:02 UTC 5.0 km
3.0 7km N of Spencer, Oklahoma 2014-06-17 16:29:12 UTC 5.1 km
2.6 13km SSE of Medford, Oklahoma 2014-06-17 14:36:36 UTC 5.0 km
2.7 8km SE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2014-06-17 04:57:40 UTC 5.5 km
2.7 8km NNW of Spencer, Oklahoma 2014-06-17 04:11:45 UTC 5.4 km
2.7 1km E of Jones, Oklahoma 2014-06-16 19:00:47 UTC 5.1 km
2.8 8km SE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2014-06-16 16:40:13 UTC 4.8 km
2.5 4km ESE of Harrah, Oklahoma 2014-06-16 16:01:10 UTC 4.5 km
2.8 8km SE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2014-06-16 12:39:31 UTC 5.0 km
3.0 9km NW of Jones, Oklahoma 2014-06-16 11:25:13 UTC 6.7 km
4.3 4km WNW of Jones, Oklahoma 2014-06-16 10:47:35 UTC 5.0 km
3.5 8km NNW of Spencer, Oklahoma 2014-06-16 10:31:07 UTC 5.9 km

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