earthquakes

Politics and Government
8:01 am
Fri January 30, 2015

House Bill Designed To Raise Awareness Of Earthquake Insurance

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State Rep. Cory Williams (D-Stillwater) has filed legislation requiring Oklahoma insurers to offer earthquake coverage to their customers.

Under House Bill 1571, carriers would have to notify their residential customers that a typical homeowners policy does not cover loss from earthquakes, and that a separate earthquake policy could provide less protection than a standard homeowners policy.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:35 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Permit Process Used To Scrutinize Wells In Earthquake Country, Industry Remains Silent

Oil-field workers in November 2014 tending to American Energy-Woodford's Judge South well near Perkins, Okla., shortly after the Oklahoma Corporation Commission ordered it temporarily shut-in.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

As earthquakes continue to rattle Oklahoma and scientists study links to oil and gas production, many Oklahomans want to know what, if anything, is being done to address the shaking.

An investigation by StateImpact shows that while authorities are quietly scrutinizing wells in quake-prone parts of the state, most of the companies that operate the wells are staying silent.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:51 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Oklahoma Earthquake Rate Is High, But Holding Steady

A panel of state geological surveys and oil and gas regulators at the National Seismic Hazard Workshop on Induced Seismicity, held in November at a conference center in Midwest City, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma experienced more earthquakes than California in 2014, but the rate and severity of the shaking “has held relatively flat over the past 12 months,” The Oklahoman’s Adam Wilmoth reports.

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5:53 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Shaken More Than 560 Times, Oklahoma Is Top State For Quakes In 2014

Oklahoma had a fivefold surge in earthquakes last year, making it by far the most seismically active state in the Lower 48, EnergyWire reports:
  • Source: Eenews
  • | Via: Mike Soraghan
Oklahoma had a fivefold surge in earthquakes last year, making it by far the most seismically active state in the Lower 48. The Sooner State was shaken by 564 quakes of magnitude 3 and larger, compared with only 100 in 2013, according to an EnergyWire analysis of federal earthquake data.
Oklahoma News
8:32 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Botched Execution Top AP Oklahoma Story Of 2014

Clayton Lockett.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April has been voted Oklahoma's top story for 2014.

Lockett's execution prompted the state to impose a moratorium on executions and led to new discussions on the future of the death penalty.

Court action legalizing gay marriages was voted second by Associated Press members, and a workplace beheading in Moore is third.

A series of sexual-assault charges against Oklahoma lawmen is fourth and troubles within Oklahoma's public school system is fifth.

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Earthquakes
10:25 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Christmas Day Temblors Shake Central Oklahoma

Guthrie Christmas Day quake details.
U.S.G.S. National Earthquake Information Center

Two earthquakes have rattled parts of central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck in Logan County at about 2.30 p.m. on Christmas Day about three miles south of Guthrie and 30 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Less than three hours later, a 3.7 magnitude earthquake struck about 15 miles east-northeast of Perry in Noble County, about 60 miles north of Oklahoma City. The survey says the quake was recorded at 5:11 p.m.

Authorities say no injuries or damage has been reported following the temblor.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:37 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Experts Meet In Oklahoma To Update U.S. Maps With Manmade Earthquake Hazards

A panel of state geological surveys and oil and gas regulators at the National Seismic Hazard Workshop on Induced Seismicity, held in November at a conference center in Midwest City, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Scientists, regulators and technical experts from the energy industry met in Oklahoma to discuss how earthquakes triggered by oil and gas operations should be accounted for on national seismic hazard maps, which are used by the construction and insurance industries and pubic safety planners.

The three-day workshop started Nov. 17 and was co-hosted by the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Earthquakes
4:51 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Earthquake In Kansas Felt In Oklahoma

Credit usgs.gov

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 has shaken parts of Kansas and Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday. It had an epicenter about 8 miles south of Conway Springs, which is a town of about 1,200 people about 30 miles southwest of Wichita. It wasn't immediately clear how much damage the quake may have caused.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:28 am
Wed October 29, 2014

House Interim Study Looks At Injection Wells And Earthquakes

A water disposal well injection site.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

State lawmakers on Tuesday questioned regulators, academics and anti-fracking activists at a capitol hearing examining Oklahoma’s surge of earthquakes. The interim House study centered on oversight of injection wells, which scientists have linked to the quakes.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:34 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Regulator Stepping Up Monitoring And Inspections Of Disposal Wells In Quake Country

Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey briefs Corporation Commissioners on new earthquake research.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has stepped up monitoring and inspections of disposal wells in earthquake-prone regions of the state as regulators, scientists and energy companies gather new information on the links between earthquakes and oil and gas production.

Officials with the Corporation Commission — the state’s oil and gas regulator — are focusing on a small fraction of the roughly 12,000 injection wells where oil and gas waste is pumped deep underground, said the agency’s Tim Baker.

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