FIRE-EARTH Alert: M5.0 Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma
- Details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.
Posted by feww on November 7, 2016
Posted by feww on June 15, 2016
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.
Posted by feww on April 7, 2016
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.
Wildfire Stats [NOAA]
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.
Posted by feww on March 29, 2016
Location: 35.995°N, 97.57°W; depth=4.9 km (3.1 mi)
Time:2016-03-29 04:53:01 (UTC)
Posted by feww on March 26, 2016
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:
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:
All counties and municipalities listed above were designated crop disaster areas on March 23, 2016.
Previous Disaster Designations – 2016:
Posted by feww on March 24, 2016
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).
Posted by feww on March 21, 2016
Time: 2016-03-21 07:37:10 (UTC)
U.S. Seismicity Events Today Included :
Other events recorded in Alaska, California, Kansas & Oklahoma.
Posted by feww on February 25, 2016
Location: 35.898°N, 97.319°W; depth=5.0 km (3.1 mi)
Posted by feww on February 14, 2016
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.
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.
Location: 36.490°N, 98.741°W; depth=7.7km
Time: 2016-02-13 17:07:05 UTC
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 ]
Location: 43.503°S, 172.843°E; depth=8.2 km (5.1 mi)
Time: 2016-02-14 00:13:43 (UTC)
EQ Details according to local monitors
Public ID: 2016p118944
Universal Time: February 14 2016, 0:13:43
NZ Daylight Time: Sun, Feb 14 2016, 1:13:43 pm
Location: 15km east of Christchurch
Latitude, Longitude -43.50, 172.83
Posted by feww on February 12, 2016
Oklahoma Severe Winter Storms and Flooding (DR-4256)
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)
Posted by feww on January 8, 2016
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.
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
Posted by feww on January 7, 2016
The largest events in the cluster that struck earlier today measured magnitudes 4.8 and 4.7Mw.
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
Posted by feww on December 30, 2015
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
Posted by feww on December 29, 2015
Centered at 35.682°N, 97.396°W the event occurred at a depth of 8.0 km (4.9 mi), reported USGS/EHP.
Location: 35.682°N, 97.396°W
Time: 2015-12-29 11:39:19 (UTC)
Posted by feww on December 28, 2015
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.
Posted by feww on December 27, 2015
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]
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.
“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
“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.
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.
Posted by feww on December 1, 2015
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.
Posted by feww on November 30, 2015
Centered at 36.746°N, 98.015°W the quake occurred at a [signature] depth of 5.0 km, reported USGS/EHP.
Location: 36.746°N, 98.015°W; depth=5.0 km (3.1 mi)
Time: 2015-11-30 09:49:13 (UTC)
Posted by feww on November 19, 2015
Centered at 36.661°N, 98.461°W the quake occurred at a depth of 6.2 km (3.9 mi), reported USGS/EHP.
Location: 36.661°N, 98.461°W
Depth: 6.2km (3.9 mi)
Time: 2015-11-19 07:42:12(UTC)
Posted by feww on November 16, 2015
Centered at 17.833°N, 81.860°W the quake occurred at a depth of 10.0km (6.2 mi), reported USGS/EHP.
Location: 17.833°N 81.860°W depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)
Time: 2015-11-16 00:39:34 (UTC)
Other Notable Earthquakes
Posted by feww on October 11, 2015
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.
Posted by feww on October 10, 2015
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.
Posted by feww on September 17, 2015
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.]
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.
Posted by feww on July 28, 2015
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.
Posted by feww on July 21, 2015
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.
Location: 36.807°N 98.197°W
Depth: 5.0 km
Time: 2015-07-20 20:19:04 UTC