Earthquakes in Oklahoma

A Sharp Rise In Earthquakes Puts Oklahomans On Edge

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January 02, 2014 6:01 PM

Chad Devereaux cleans up bricks that fell from his in-laws’ home in Sparks, Okla., in November 2011, after two earthquakes hit the area in less than 24 hours.

Sue Ogrocki/AP

For the past three decades, Oklahoma averaged about 50 earthquakes a year. But that number has skyrocketed in the past few years. In 2013 — the state’s most seismically active year ever — there were almost 3,000.

The quakes are small, and they’re concentrated in the central part of the state, where the Erwins live.

Amanda Erwin says that even on a clear day, she knows something’s up when the thunder begins: The chandelier swings, and the walls and bed start rumbling. Her husband, Keith, says the earthquakes remind him of the artillery he used to hear growing up near a military base. And when the sound and shaking fade, the game starts.

“We’re just trying to look at each other, and we play this game: What do you think it was? Er, 2.5? Nah, that had to have been a 3.0,” he says. “It’s a daily thing.”

Read more: http://www.npr.org/2014/01/02/259127792/a-sharp-rise-in-earthquakes-puts-oklahomans-on-edge

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About Brian Fulmer

Brian is the owner of Crossroads Property Management Inc. (www.crossroadsproperty.com) He writes six blogs and has written two books. He also works with various missions around the world. His first love is Guatemala.
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