Currently, the area of Guthrie, Oklahoma is experiencing a series of small quakes. The last one occurred around 9:00 PM Eastern Time. Earthquake Track reports this was a 3.1 magnitude quake. These earthquakes are constantly shaking Oklahoma.
According to the Weather Channel, Guthrie, Oklahoma experienced a 4.3 magnitude shake at 12:10 AM Central Time on June 20, 2015. Furthermore, the area had been experiencing similar quakes above 3.0 magnitude in the hour preceding this bigger one. The local News Channel 4, explains that all the activity was centered around the areas of Guthrie, Edmond, and Langston.
CNBC notes that earthquakes have been much more constant hitting Oklahoma frequently this year, often several occurring in one day like today. There was concern that fracking was to blame, but a new study confirms it is the water displacement. When the water is removed, it causes the land to shift causing the frequent seismic activity.
UPSeis explains that a magnitude of 2.5 to 5.4 is strong enough to be felt and cause minor damage. So far there have been no reports of damage to the areas affected in the state. However, these earthquakes continue to constantly shake Oklahoma.
By Megan Hellmann
The Weather Channel’s Twitter Feed
News Channel 4-A Series of Earthquakes Rattled Residents of Central Oklahoma
UPSeis- Earthquake Magnitude Scale
CNBC- Quakes Not Caused by Fracking but by Water Disposal: Study
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