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Earthquakes Continue to Rattle Oklahoma, Causing Damage Tuesday

15 Jul 2014, 6:10 pm

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When you think of earthquakes, the Heartland probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But on July 15, 2014 two earthquakes struck near the town of Harrah, Okla., causing minor damage to a number of structures in the town’s downtown area.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the first quake — a 3.9 — struck around 2:19 a.m. And the other, a 3.8, hit at 4:08 a.m., both were just outside of Harrah.

KWTV in Oklahoma City found people cleaning up stattered windows and plaster that had been knocked loose from business walls. One business owner, Carolyn Deal, was glad she wasn’t at her business but felt the shaking at home as well, “Sound asleep, the bed started shaking like we were going across railroad tracks and I’m telling my husband, ‘Get up earthquake, earthquake!’ because it was strong. We fell a lot and that was strong.”

Business owners in that area are working to temporarily repair the damage and restock items on shelves that were thrown to the floor.


This map from the LA Times, shows the extreme uptick in seismic activity

Oklahoma’s 30-year average for 3.0 or greater earthquakes is about two per year. But since 2009 those numbers have increased exponentially, so far in 2014 there have been more than 200 — nearly as much as the previous five years combined. Some have attributed the uptick in activity to aggressive oil and gas exploration in the state.

Oklahoma is now the second-most seismically active state in the Lower 48, after California.

Below are some images from to most recent Oklahoma earthquake:

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