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State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma amid Severe Storms, Floods

Posted by feww on June 15, 2016

State of Emergency Declared for 9 Oklahoma Counties Due to Floods, Storms —Lt. Gov.

The counties covered in the declaration include Caddo, Carter, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, McClain, Murray and Stephens.

The declaration can be amended to add additional counties if conditions warrant.

Since Saturday, these Oklahoma counties have experienced flooding, severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds. Initial reports show damage in numerous communities including Apache, Cyril, Lawton, Maysville and Walters. Further damage assessments are ongoing, Oklahoma Governor’s Office said.

The extreme weather events beginning June 11 have caused extensive damage to public and private properties within the State.

Under the executive order, the state of emergency lasts for 30 days.

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Oklahoma Governor Declares State of Emergency in 10 New Counties

Posted by feww on April 7, 2016

Wildfires converge; consume 60k acres in Kansas, Oklahoma; hundreds evacuated

Multiple wildfires raging across Kansas and Oklahoma have destroyed tens of thousands of acres (hectares). Four major blazes converged to form massive fire on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents from a small town in Oklahoma.

Dubbed the 350 Complex Fire, the blaze has blackened about 60,000 acres (243 km²), as of posting.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declares state of emergency in 10 additional counties affected by wildfires.

The 10 counties covered by the executive order are Alfalfa, Blaine, Creek, Dewey, Garfield, Grant, Harper, Logan, Major and Woodward.

Fallin proclaimed a state of emergency in Woods County in March, which remains in effect in that county.

A large wildfire in northwestern Oklahoma was zero percent contained on Wednesday, but firefighters reportedly prevents the blaze from destroying the small town of Freedom, or engulfing an iodine-manufacturing plant.

In the neighboring state of Kansas, “rapid outbreak of wildfires” in the northeast prompted the governor to issue a state disaster declaration for Wabaunsee, Riley, and Pottawatomie Counties. The counties had separately declared local states of disaster emergency, earlier.

Brownback had earlier declared a State of Disaster Emergency for an area in south central Kansas threatened by major wildfires that spread into Kansas from Oklahoma.

Red Flag Warnings are currently in effect across most or parts of at least six states.

April 7, 2016. [The following fire stats are based on NIFC data and local media reports.] At least 26 new large fires have been reported across the U.S. since March 25. In Oklahoma, six large fires have burned up to 425,000 acres. Other states with uncontained large fires include Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Wildfires destroying more acres than ever before

Wildfire Stats [NOAA]

  • In March, 6,324 fires (9th least since 2000) burned 649,511 acres (2nd most on record), which is 102.7 acres burned/fire (most on record).
  • For January – March, 9,218 fires (5th least since 2000) burned 776,132 acres (2nd most on record), which is 84.2 acres burned/fire (2nd most on record).

Data Source: The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).

NOTE: See previous comments posted on this blog concerning quality of data provided by the above source.

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Significant Quake Strikes near Crescent, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on March 29, 2016

M4.2 strikes 5km NNE of Crescent, Oklahoma

EQ Details
Magnitude: 4.2Mw
Location: 35.995°N, 97.57°W;  depth=4.9 km (3.1 mi)
Time:2016-03-29 04:53:01 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 5km (3mi) NNE of Crescent, Oklahoma
  • 18km (11mi) NW of Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • 38km (24mi) NNW of Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 48km (30mi) WSW of Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 58km (36mi) N of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma [Source: USGS/EHP]

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Crop Disasters Declared in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Puerto Rico

Posted by feww on March 26, 2016

Extreme weather and climatic disasters destroy crops in multiple areas across two states and Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 13 counties in the states of Oklahoma as Arkansas as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by heavy rains, flash flooding and flooding that occurred from Dec. 26, 2015, through Jan. 5, 2016. 

Those counties are:

  • Oklahoma. Adair, Cherokee, Haskell, LeFlore, Latimer, McCurtain, Muskogee, Pushmataha and Sequoyah counties.
  • Arkansas. Crawford, Polk, Scott and Sebastain counties.

USDA has also designated 27 municipalities in Puerto Rico as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.

Those municipalities are: 

  • Puerto Rico. Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Barranquitas, Bayamon, Caguas, Canovanas, Carolina, Cayey, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio, Corozal, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Humacao, Juncos, Las Piedras, Maunabo, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Trujillo Alto, Vieques and Yabucoa municipalities.

All counties and municipalities listed above were designated crop disaster areas on March 23, 2016.

Previous Disaster Designations – 2016:

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State of Disaster Declared in Kansas amid Wildfires

Posted by feww on March 24, 2016

Wildfires burn across 75,000 acres from Oklahoma to Kansas

Gov Brownback has declared a state of disaster emergency for parts of south-central Kansas as wildfires continue to threaten about 1,000 homes and businesses.

The so called Anderson Creek Fire has consumed about 75,00 acres since Tuesday night near the Kansas border in Woods County, Oklahoma. The blaze has since spread into Barber and Comanche counties in Kansas, NWS reported.

The fire is now threatening residents of Medicine Lodge in Barber County, according to the mayor, who has called for voluntary evacuations of the town’s 2,000 residents.

Meanwhile, the federal authorities have proclaimed a Management Assistance Declaration for the Anderson Creek Fire (FM-5120).

 

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Earthquakes Strike near Hawthorne, Nevada

Posted by feww on March 21, 2016

RCM

M4.3  strikes 23km ESE of Hawthorne, Nevada

Magnitude: 4.3Mw
Time: 2016-03-21 07:37:10 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 22km (14mi) ESE of Hawthorne, Nevada
  • 127km (79mi) ESE of Gardnerville Ranchos, Nevada
  • 143km (89mi) ESE of Carson City, Nevada

Aftershocks:

  • 3.3 23km ESE of Hawthorne, Nevada 2016-03-21 13:18:10 UTC depth=6.3km
  • 3.3 23km ESE of Hawthorne, Nevada 2016-03-21 10:46:49 UTC depth=6.8km

U.S. Seismicity Events Today Included :

  • M 4.6 – 13km SE of Waikoloa, Hawaii
    Location: 19.848°N 155.703°W
    Depth: 31.8 km
    Time: 2016-03-20 16:43:59 UTC
  • M 2.9 – 7km NW of Contoocook, New Hampshire
    Location: 43.263°N, 71.781°W
    Depth: 6.8 km
    Time: 2016-03-21 13:18:23 UTC
  • M 2.6 – 9km SW of Caruthersville, Missouri
    Location: 36.127°N, 89.728°W
    Depth: 9.1 km
    Time: 2016-03-20 17:23:04 UTC

Other events recorded in Alaska, California, Kansas & Oklahoma.

[Source: USGS/EHP]

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M4.0 Shock Shakes Oqulahoma

Posted by feww on February 25, 2016

M4.0 quakes strikes 7km SW of Langston, Oklahoma

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 4.0Mw
Location: 35.898°N, 97.319°W; depth=5.0 km (3.1 mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 7km (4mi) SW of Langston, Oklahoma
  • 9km (6mi) ENE of Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • 30km (19mi) NNE of Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 33km (21mi) SW of Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 50km (31mi) NNE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Significant Earthquakes Strike Oklahoma and Christchurch, NZ

Posted by feww on February 14, 2016

M 5.1 quake rattles Fairview, OK

Centered at 36.490°N, 98.741°W, about 33km (21mi) NW of Fairview, the induced event occurred at a [signature] depth of 7.7 km, USGS/EHP reported.

At least 14 aftershocks/related events have occurred in the region, as of posting.

The quake was third largest recorded shock to strike Oklahoma.

At least 941 earthquakes measuring magnitude 3.0Mw or greater have struck the State of Oklahoma and border area with Kansas over the past 365 days, according to USGS/EHP archive.

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EQ location map shows 941 earthquakes measuring magnitude 3.0Mw or greater in the State of Oklahoma and border area with Kansas over the past 365 days:  USGS/EHP archive.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 5.1Mw
Location: 36.490°N, 98.741°W; depth=7.7km
Time: 2016-02-13 17:07:05 UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 33km (21mi) NW of Fairview, Oklahoma
  • 58km (36mi) E of Woodward, Oklahoma
  • 78km (48mi) W of Enid, Oklahoma
  • 107km (66mi) N of Weatherford, Oklahoma
  • 158km (98mi) NW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

M5.8 quake strikes 17km ENE of Christchurch, NZ

The shock was reportedly felt as far north as Wellington, NZ capital, and caused a cliff to collapse in Sumner, a coastal seaside suburb of Christchurch.

Estimated Economic Losses 

Impact: ORANGE PAGER. USGS/EHP model indicates that significant economic losses may have occurred as a result of this earthquake [probability of 36 percent.]

EQ Details [USGS/EHP ]
Magnitude: 5.8Mw
Location: 43.503°S, 172.843°E; depth=8.2 km (5.1 mi)
Time: 2016-02-14 00:13:43 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 17km (11mi) ENE of Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 21km (13mi) SE of Kaiapoi, New Zealand
  • 162km (101mi) NE of Timaru, New Zealand
  • 229km (142mi) NE of Oamaru, New Zealand
  • 293km (182mi) SSW of Wellington, New Zealand

EQ Details according to local monitors

Public ID: 2016p118944
Intensity: severe
Universal Time: February 14 2016, 0:13:43
NZ Daylight Time: Sun, Feb 14 2016, 1:13:43 pm
Depth: 15km
Magnitude: 5.7
Location: 15km east of Christchurch
Latitude, Longitude -43.50, 172.83

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Major Disaster Declared for Oklahoma

Posted by feww on February 12, 2016

Federal Disaster Declared in the State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Severe Winter Storms and Flooding (DR-4256)

  • Incident period: December 26, 2015 to January 05, 2016
  • Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 11, 2016

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma in the areas affected by severe winter storms and flooding during the period of December 26, 2015 to January 5, 2016.

The areas that were hardest hit by the destructive weather events include Adair, Alfalfa, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cherokee, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Custer, Delaware, Dewey, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Haskell, Hughes, Jackson, Kay,  Kingfisher, Kiowa, Latimer, Major, Mayes, McCurtain, McIntosh, Muskogee, Noble, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Sequoyah, Tillman, Washita, and Woods counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

Federal Disaster Declarations (2015)

The federal government proclaimed 43 Major Disaster Declaration [DR 4205-4247] for a U.S. state/tribal area/territory in 2015, two Emergency Declarations, EM-3372 and EM-3373 and 34 Fire Management Assistance Declarations [FM-5084 to FM-5117.]

Major Disaster Declarations (2016)

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Heightened Seismicity Continues Across U.S.

Posted by feww on January 8, 2016

Seismic Map of the United States (7 Days – All Magnitudes)

At lease 1,382 earthquakes of all magnitudes (82 percent of the global total) have struck the United States (excl. territories) in the 7 days to 2016-01-08 at 14:45:15 UTC, based on the data provided by the USGS/EHP.

seimic map of us 7 days
Seismic map of the United States Seismic Map of the United States (7 Days to 2016-01-08 14:45:15 UTC – All Magnitudes)

EQ Totals – 7 Days to 2016-01-08 14:45:15 UTC – All Magnitudes

Global Events: 1,686
U.S. Events: 1,382 (Excl. Territories)
Source: USGS/EHP Archive

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M4.8, M4.7 among 19 Earthquakes Striking Oklahoma

Posted by feww on January 7, 2016

Oklahoma Rattled by 19 Quakes

The largest events in the cluster that struck earlier today measured magnitudes 4.8 and 4.7Mw.

  • M4.8 occurred at 36.493°N, 98.714°W about 32km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 04:27:58 UTC depth=6.0 km
  • M4.7 31km occurred at 36.475°N 98.728°W about NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 04:27:28 UTC depth=3.4 km

List of all EQs in Oklahoma today

4.0 about 27km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 08:37:11 UTC 5.0 km
3.7 about 30km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 08:06:15 UTC 5.0 km
3.3 about 31km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 08:02:31 UTC 6.7 km
2.5 about 33km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 07:50:03 UTC 7.9 km
2.8 about 5km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 06:42:57 UTC 7.8 km
3.5 about 32km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 06:38:34 UTC 8.4 km
2.6 about 30km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 06:20:18 UTC 1.2 km
3.2 about 31km S of Alva, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 06:03:28 UTC 5.0 km
3.0 about 31km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 05:37:48 UTC 3.9 km
3.3 about 25km NNW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 05:19:48 UTC 5.0 km
3.4 about 30km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 04:49:47 UTC 5.0 km
3.4 about 33km S of Alva, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 04:37:22 UTC 5.0 km
4.8 about 32km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 04:27:58 UTC 6.0 km
4.7 about 31km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 04:27:28 UTC 3.4 km
3.2 about 6km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 02:15:07 UTC 5.0 km
2.5 about 5km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 01:20:55 UTC 7.3 km
3.7 about 30km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-06 15:26:12 UTC 4.8 km
2.8 about 6km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2016-01-06 12:51:12 UTC 5.0 km
2.9 about 26km WSW of Medford, Oklahoma 2016-01-06 10:40:29 UTC 5.0 km

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Major Disaster Declared for Oklahoma

Posted by feww on December 30, 2015

Oklahoma Declared Federal Disaster Area

Oklahoma Severe Winter Storms and Flooding (DR-4247)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma in the areas affected by severe winter storms and flooding during the period of November 27-29, 2015.

The hardest hit areas include the counties of Alfalfa, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Grady, Grant, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Logan, Major, Oklahoma, Roger Mills, Washita, and Woods.

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

Federal Disaster Declarations (2015)

The federal government has proclaimed 43 Major Disaster Declaration [DR 4205-4247] for a U.S. state/tribal area/territory so far this year. Additionally, the government has issued two Emergency Declarations, EM-3372 and EM-3373, and 34 Fire Management Assistance Declarations [FM-5084 to FM-5117] for the year to date.

Major Disaster Declarations Since October 2015

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Significant Earthquake Strikes Near Edmond, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on December 29, 2015

M4.3 Strikes 8km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma

Centered at 35.682°N, 97.396°W the event occurred at a depth of 8.0 km (4.9 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 4.3Mw
Location: 35.682°N, 97.396°W
Time: 2015-12-29 11:39:19 (UTC)
Nearby Cities

  • 8km (5mi) ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 22km (14mi) S of Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • 26km (16mi) NNE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Massive Snowstorm Prompts State of Emergency Declaration in New Mexico

Posted by feww on December 28, 2015

DISASTER DIARY – DECEMBER 28, 2015

Up to 20 inches of snow with drifts of 10 feet hit SE part of NM

Gov. Martinez has declared a state of emergency in New Mexico, mobilizing the National Guard to rescue hundreds of stranded drivers.

Officials have closed I-40 indefinitely, with stretches of the interstate also closed in Texas and Oklahoma, said local reports.

“This is a dire situation, especially the eastern half of the state where the storm has hit hardest and continues to dump snow,” said Martinez . “We monitored the situation throughout the night and activated the National Guard to assist stranded motorists.

Martinez has described the extreme weather events as a “serious situation” and asked New Mexicans to stay off the roads until the conditions improve.

“Someone may look out the winter in Albuquerque or Santa Fe and say, ‘It doesn’t seem that bad,’ but it is extremely bad,” Martinez said. “I cannot express how serious the situation is. The southeastern part of the state has 16 to 20 inches of snow with snow drifts of 8 to 10 feet.”

Missouri Declares a State of Emergency

Gov. Nixon has declared a state of emergency in after rain, flooding and flash flooding across Missouri severely impacted the state. Nixon has warned that residents avoid water-covered roads and avoid travel at all if possible.

Meanwhile, St. Louis region became the wettest year ever at the weekend with 58.14 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The previous record of 57.96 inches was set in 2008. More rain is expected across the region.

Weekend flash floods killed at least 13 people in Missouri and Illinois, while the death toll across southern and central US climbed to about 50 after days of severe weather.

Disaster in Texas

Powerful tornadoes killed at least 11 people in Greater Dallas Area, destroying or damaging hundreds of homes and uprooting thousands of trees.

Gov. Abbott declared a state of emergency for Collin, Dallas, Ellis and Rockwall counties, and declared concurrently the four counties as disaster areas.

NWS has issued tornado warnings for Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas, also warning that a “historic blizzard” could hit Texas and Oklahoma with about 16 inches of snow.

States of Emergency in Oklahoma 

Oklahoma has also declared a states of emergency. The state of emergency proclaimed by Gov. Fallin on Nov. 29 will remain in effect, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said.

The following forecast is also issued by NWS:

Major Storm System Bringing Ice, Heavy Snow, Severe Weather, and Flooding from The Gulf Coast to New England

A major storm system will continue to bring a plethora of impacts including heavy snowfall, ice, heavy rainfall, flooding, and severe weather today and tonight. The low pressure system will move toward the Great Lakes region on Tuesday shifting the winter storm threat into Upstate New York and New England.

Meanwhile, the high temperatures are expected to continue in eastern US, with Washington DC reaching 70ºF (21ºC) on Sunday.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – December 27, 2015

Posted by feww on December 27, 2015

Powerful storm system brings tornadoes and flooding, killing at least 8 in Dallas, Texas

Death toll from a week of severe weather in the southern United States has now climbed to at least 26, with hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged by tornadoes, and flooding.

At least 6 tornadoes touched down in Dallas, Ellis and McClain counties on Saturday, according to the reports received by the storm prediction Center.

Meanwhile, forecasters have warned a “historic blizzard” could hit Texas and Oklahoma with up to 41cm of snow.

Dangerous Weather Continues Through Sunday Across the Middle of the Country

A variety of dangerous weather conditions will continue across the middle of the country through Sunday. Blizzard conditions will stretch from the High Plains of west Texas into northwest Oklahoma and Kansas. Hazardous ice accumulations will occur in Oklahoma. Dangerous flooding will extend from north Texas to central Illinois. Thunderstorms and a few tornadoes are possible in Texas. [NWS]

UK homes evacuated after ‘unprecedented’ flooding

Police have advised hundreds of people to evacuate near the River Ouse and River Foss in York, as floods threaten thousands of properties, said a report.

Hundreds of flood alerts and warnings are in place for England, Wales and Scotland, including more than 20 severe warnings—indicating danger to life.

UK PM David Cameron has called the flooding “unprecedented” and the situation for many as “incredibly serious” in an emergency conference call, promising more troops.

Super gonorrhea ‘could become untreatable’

“Gonorrhea is at risk of becoming an untreatable disease due to the continuing emergence of antimicrobial resistance,” the UK Chief Medical Officer has warned.

The warning follows the detection of a highly drug-resistant strain of the infection in the north of England in March.

The strain can resist the antibiotic azithromycin, which is normally used alongside another drug, ceftriaxone.

The bacteria that cause gonorrhea can mutate and develop new resistance, so we cannot afford to be complacent, said a UK health official.

North of England ‘super gonorrhea’ outbreak triggers nationwide alert

‘Highly resistant’

“This azithromycin highly resistant outbreak is the first one that has triggered a national alert,”  a consultant in sexual health based in Bristol, told the BBC News website.

“If this becomes the predominant strain in the UK we’re in big trouble, so we have to be really meticulous in making sure each of these individuals has all their contacts traced and treated.”

In 2011, Japan reported a case of complete resistance to cephalosporin-class antibiotics, which included the main treatment ceftriaxone.

About 35,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported in England in 2014, an increase of almost 20% compared with the previous year. It is the second most common sexually transmitted disease in the UK after chlamydia.

Emergency declared as train carrying sulfuric acid derails in NW QLD

A freight train carrying 200,000 liters of sulfuric acid has derailed east of Julia Creek in NW Queensland, Australia.

The locomotive and all 26 carriages derailed at 10:20am about 20km east of the outback town, prompting authorities to declare an emergency and impose a two-kilometer exclusion zone around the crash site.

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State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma amid Deadly Storms

Posted by feww on December 1, 2015

30-Day State of Emergency Declared across Oklahoma

Governor Fallin has declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties in Oklahoma after storms battered the state, causing widespread flooding and leaving roads coated with up to 3cm of ice.

About 25 cm of rain fell across large swathes of SE Oklahoma over a 100-hour period causing extensive flash flooding and forcing the authorities to close two state highways.

“Nearly 100,000 homes were still without power Sunday afternoon as a result of freezing rain, ice and sleet that began Thursday. The state of emergency will help facilitate additional mutual aid, which includes oversized vehicles such as those transporting utility poles to the affected areas,” according to statement posted on Fallin’s website.

The storm have so far killed about two dozen people across the affected region.

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M4.5 Quake Sends Strong Tremors to Medford, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on November 30, 2015

Earthquake strikes WSW of Medford, Oklahoma

Centered at 36.746°N, 98.015°W the quake occurred at a [signature] depth of 5.0 km, reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.5Mw
Location: 36.746°N, 98.015°W; depth=5.0 km (3.1 mi)
Time: 2015-11-30 09:49:13 (UTC)
Nearby Cities

  • 26km (16mi) WSW of Medford, Oklahoma
  • 40km (25mi) NNW of Enid
  • 83km (52mi) W of Ponca City
  • 93km (58mi) WSW of Arkansas City, Kansas
  • 148km (92mi) NNW of Oklahoma City

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M4.7 Quake Rattles Cherokee, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on November 19, 2015

Another significant earthquake strikes Oklahoma

Centered at 36.661°N, 98.461°W the quake occurred at a depth of 6.2 km (3.9 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.7Mw
Location: 36.661°N, 98.461°W
Depth: 6.2km (3.9 mi)
Time: 2015-11-19 07:42:12(UTC)
Nearby Cities

  • 13km (8mi) SW of Cherokee, Oklahoma
  • 59km (37mi) WNW of Enid, Oklahoma
  • 86km (53mi) ENE of Woodward, Oklahoma
  • 157km (98mi) NNW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Quake Strikes Cayman Trench

Posted by feww on November 16, 2015

M5.8 Quake Strikes SSW of George Town, Cayman Islands

Centered at 17.833°N, 81.860°W the quake occurred at a depth of 10.0km (6.2 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 5.8Mw
Location: 17.833°N 81.860°W depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)
Time: 2015-11-16 00:39:34 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 169km (105mi) SSW of George Town, Cayman Islands
  • 176km (109mi) SSW of West Bay, Cayman Islands
  • 422km (262mi) W of Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • 450km (280mi) NNE of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua

Other Notable Earthquakes

  • M5.0 about 72km SSW of Shemya Island, Alaska 2015-11-16 03:31:43 UTC depth= 39. km
  • M4.8 about 54km S of Obihiro, Japan 2015-11-15 17:11:42 UTC depth=104.5km
  • M4.3 about 30km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2015-11-15 09:45:31 UTC depth=5.0km

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Shallow Quake Rattles Cushing, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on October 11, 2015

Induced Seismicity: M4.5 EQ Strikes 5km WNW of Cushing, Oklahoma

Centered at 36.008°N, 96.819°W, 86km NE of Oklahoma City, the quake struck at a depth of about 2.0 km, reported USGS/EHP.

At least 9 quakes have struck Oklahoma State in the 18-hr period since  a magnitude 4.4 quake occurred about 18km SW of Medford, Oklahoma at 09:20:43 UTC on 2015-10-10.

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M4.4 Quake Strikes near Medford, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on October 10, 2015

More earthquakes strike Oklahoma

The largest of five earthquake to strike Oklahoma, and the Kansas border area, in a 12-hour period to 09:20:43 UTC today, measured 4.4Mw.

Centered at 36.707°N, 97.906°W (about 18km SW of Medford, Oklahoma) the quake occurred at a depth of 6.4 km, reported USGS/EHP.

At least 153 earthquakes measuring ≥ 2.5Mw have occurred in the State of Oklahoma and the Kansas border area in the past 30 days.

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Crop Disasters Declared in Multiple Counties across Central U.S.

Posted by feww on September 17, 2015

Drought destroys crops in dozens of counties across four States

Drought has destroyed at least 30 percent of the crops in 78 counties and parishes across the states of  Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, reported USDA.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #1
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 39 counties and parishes in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

  • Texas. Anderson, Angelina, Bell, Bowie, Burleson, Burnet, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Coryell, Delta, Gregg, Falls, Franklin, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Lampasas, Lee, Marion, McLennan, Milam, Morris, Nacogdoches, Red River, Robertson, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur Williamson and Wood counties.
  • Oklahoma. Choctaw and McCurtain counties.
  • Louisiana. Caddo Parish.
  • Arkansas. Little River and Miller counties.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #2

USDA has designated a total of 25 counties and parishes in Louisiana and Arkansas as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

  • Louisiana. Bienville, Bossier, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, La Salle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Union, Webster, West Carroll and Winn parishes.
  • Arkansas. Ashley, Chicot, Columbia Lafayette and Union counties.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #3
USDA has designated a total of 14 counties and parishes in Arkansas and Louisiana as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

  • Arkansas. Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Columbia, Drew, Lafayette, Nevada, Ouachita and Union counties.
  • Louisiana Claiborne, Morehouse, Union and Webster parishes.

All of the counties listed above were designated crop disaster areas by USDA on September 9, 2015.

Crop Disasters 2015

Beginning January 7, 2015 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,652 counties, county equivalents and municipalities, across 41 States [as well as Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands]: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.

About 99 percent of the 2015 crop disaster designations are due to drought so far this year.

U.S. Drought Monitor – Weekly Comparison: CONUS

Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
2015-09-15 48.45 51.55 31.53 19.58 11.17 3.00
2015-09-08 49.63 50.37 31.67 19.62 10.92 3.00

 

Total U.S.

Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
2015-09-15 47.52 52.48 28.00 16.40 9.35 2.51
2015-09-08 48.00 52.00 28.14 16.44 9.14 2.51

 

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.

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Oklahoma Hit by Another Significant Earthquake

Posted by feww on July 28, 2015

M4.5  quake strikes NNE of Crescent, Oklahoma

Centered at 36.006°N, 97.576°W the quake struck at a depth of 3.2 km (2.0 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

About 2,800 earthquakes measuring ≥2.5Mw have struck the Sooner State and the border area with Kansas over the past 365 days, a rise of 33.3 folds over the past five years.

Only 84 earthquakes of comparable magnitude occurred in the region during the 12 month to July 27, 2011.

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M4.4 Quake Strikes near Cherokee, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on July 21, 2015

Average of 20 earthquakes striking Oklahoma each day

Centered at 36.807°N, 98.197°W the quake struck at a depth of about 5km, reported USGS/EHP.

About 140 earthquakes, or an average of 20 earthquakes, measuring 2.5Mw or greater have struck the State of Oklahoma over the past 7 days.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.4Mw
Location: 36.807°N 98.197°W
Depth: 5.0 km
Time: 2015-07-20 20:19:04 UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 15km (9mi) ENE of Cherokee, Oklahoma
  • 53km (33mi) NNW of Enid, Oklahoma
  • 99km (62mi) W of Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • 107km (66mi) WSW of Arkansas City, Kansas
  • 160km (99mi) NNW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Super Clusters of Low-Level Seismicity Could Swamp Oklahoma

Posted by feww on July 15, 2015

VHF bursts of earth tremors could significantly affect Oklahoma: FIRE-EARTH Forecast

Fire-Earth Models show recurring swarms of intense seismicity, very large bursts of tremors striking repeatedly, could plague the State of Oklahoma.

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