Another Earthquake Recorded in Central Oklahoma
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — July 19, 2018
According to the U.S. Geological Survey a 3.1 magnitude earthquake has been recorded in central Oklahoma.
The USGS says the tremor was recorded at 3:38 p.m. Tuesday about 3 miles east of Edmond, or about 15 miles north of Oklahoma City. The earthquake was recorded at a depth of about 4 miles.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Geologists say damage is not likely in earthquakes below 4.0 in magnitude.
According to the geological maps, the territory of Oklahoma is in the center of the North American lithosphere plate, and therefor should not be capable of producing earthquakes... nonetheless they are happening, and with increasing intensity.
USGS statistics show that from 1978 to 2008 there were only 1-2 earthquakes a year recorded in Oklahoma with a magnitude of 3.0 and above. Since 2009, their frequency as well as their magnitude has increased significantly. Thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma in recent years. Today, Oklahoma has become the most earthquake-prone state in the United States after California.
Officially, it is believed that the increase in seismic activity in Oklahoma is linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas production. State regulators have directed several oil and gas producers in the state to close injection wells or reduce the volume of wastewater they inject beneath the surface. But some experts believe that this assumption is completely off base, and in ignorance of how tectonic pressure actually works.
According to the study of an international group of scientists "ALLATRA" the increase in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma is associated not with human activity, but with the formation of the continental fracture of the North American lithosphere plate. A similar seismic pattern can be observed in other areas closed to the future fracture zone. This could lead to the activation and super-eruption of The Yellowstone Caldera which would have serious consequences for all mankind.