Oklahoma Earthquakes Today Tremors and Booms: Oh My!

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Oklahoma earthquakes today tremors and booms: Oh my!  In Edmond, Oklahoma earthquakes measuring between M2.2 and M3.3 were felt in the early-morning hours Monday, November 11.  Many residents reported a large boom on the second quake, making it doubly frightening.

Dana and Todd Sittig, of Edmond, Oklahoma, were sleeping soundly when the first tremor hit at around two a.m.  Ms. Sittig texted her sister after the second one, which produced a loud booming sound at around 5:12 a.m.  “Okay another earthquake and it was a large really loud boom that just woke both of us up.  Really scary.”

Dana also texted moments later and said, “Another just happened and shook our bed.”

In addition to tornadoes, they are now having to watch for Oklahoma earthquakes today.  A city and state that has been voted “Best Place to Live,” does have its downfalls.

The Oklahoma earthquakes today had its epicenter in the Sittig’s neighborhood, just north of Sorghum Mill and Coltrane Road.  News 9 of Oklahoma City reported a 3.3 magnitude quake, which shook central Oklahoma at 5:07 a.m. today. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it was centered five miles northeast of Edmond and 17 miles north northeast of Oklahoma City.

Let us take a look at what happened there in 2011.

On November 5, 2011 Central Oklahoma had its largest earthquake in modern history.  Oklahoma earthquakes todayThe U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 3.7 magnitude quake about 3:11 p.m. Thursday near Prague, Oklahoma.   The epicenter of the quake was 17 miles northeast of Shawnee and 44 miles east of Oklahoma City.   After that event, many in this Edmond neighborhood purchased earthquake insurance to cover any future potential quake losses.

In the photo adjacent, damage to a Prague, Oklahoma resident’s wall at home show the damage the 2011 earthquake caused.

The quakes happened near the location of a 4.7-magnitude quake last year near the Wilzetta fault, also known as the Seminole uplift.  A significant fault line, the Nehama Uplift, is within the Edmond area.  Petroleum exploration in the Nemaha Uplift Province began before the turn of the century.

Some theorize that the recent “fracking” being used to pump natural gas out of mineral properties, is causing Oklahoma earthqakes today, because of the pressurized water treatment.  Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, has become a controversial “hot topic” of petroleum geology.  Dana Sittig is a Director of Land & Acquisitions at a local oil company in Oklahoma City.

Sittig stated, “About all we can do is cover our losses with earthquake insurance, and most of us in this area have already done that due to the 2011 episode.  Some people say the activity is due to “fracking”, but there are a lot of other theories that make much more sense.”

Other theories to explain Oklahoma earthquakes today, include the fact that tectonic plates are continually shifting around the Earth’s core.  Tectonic refers to rock-deforming processes and resulting structures that occur over large sections of the lithosphere. Lithosphere means the outer part of the earth, consisting of the crust and upper mantle, approximately 100 km (62 mi.) thick.

Oklahoma earthquakes today tremors and booms: oh my!  They are more frequent, and certainly more frightening.  Early-warning of tremor events would be most welcome to those who must prepare for, as Local 9 News puts it, the shake, rattle and roll of earthquake incidents.  As Ms. Sittig said, “Really scary.”


Lisa M Pickering




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