4.0-magnitude earthquake hits near McAlester

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.0-magnitude earthquake rattled eastern Oklahoma overnight but no damages or injuries were reported.

The quake happened shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The USGS says the earthquake's epicenter was 16 miles south-southwest of McAlester and 48 miles east of Ada.

Tulsa television stations KTUL and KOTV report that some residents felt the quake in Tulsa - more than 100 miles to the north.

The USGS says residents in Muskogee, Norman, Broken Arrow, Atoka and Shawnee also reported feeling tremors.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM
    Logic wrote: You get the Oil Industry to release the MSDS on the chemicals they are using to alter the viscosity of the oil to get it to flow more easily...and get me maintenance records on replacing the corroded well casings on the injection wells pumping this into the ground. Deal? ...Once again Logic, you're showing your ignorance. Oil companies hiding MSDS's? Chemicals to alter viscosity of oil for increase production? Replace casing? You really don't have a clue. Go back and read your Popular Science magazine some more. I'm sure this was what they published and now your an expert in the industy. What a joke.
  • by Spirit Location: Ardmore on Apr 5, 2012 at 02:05 AM
    I actually agree with Logic, I know a lot of people around here get paid to work in oil business. I'm not going to complain a whole lot about it, but I will do some research at the least until I can make a proper decision. My current research has me all squinty eyed at the big oil, but on the other hand any information available to the public could be planted there on purpose(insert conspiracy theory here). My last thought: We know it's dirty, but us sad and shameful humans are so dependent on this oil that we'd rather breathe the nasty in order to keep our mind off of the bigger world problems. Ignorance is flippin bliss. America **** yeah!
  • by Logic on Apr 4, 2012 at 08:06 AM
    It's actually the waste injection wells, over 181 currently in production in Oklahoma, that are causing the quakes. The last century Oklahoma experienced a whopping 1.8 quakes PER YEAR...in 2009 there were 35! And the stronger ones are getting more frequent now. The Fraking process utilizes millions of gallons of chemically treated water. This polluted water is then injected back into the ground at these waste injection wells to dispose of. All this waste water is simply building up and creating slippery pockets for the shale and rock to slide on. Gravity takes care of the rest. These earthquakes happen everywhere this process takes place.
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      by LOL@ Logic on Apr 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM in reply to Logic
      You're so ignorant in this area Logic that its funny. The sky is falling! BOO! A complete waist of time to even try and rebut a person that thinks they know everything there is to know about the oil and gas business. Go watch "Gasland" again and take notes! LOL
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        by Logic on Apr 4, 2012 at 01:59 PM in reply to LOL@ Logic
        Ok..That's the second time someone has mentioned this "Gasland" movie. And since its from rabid oil/gas industry supporters then I am going to have to atch it now! But I get my imformation from Popular Sciences' Website...an article on the pro/cons of Hydraulic Fracturing. I don't pretend to know everything about the oil/gas industry. But I can read. I can FEEL. I understand the process and what is being done. Am I lying when I say that they use waste injection wells to dispose of the polluted water from the Fracking process? It's not a secret! But one thing I think a lot of people here may have me confused about is my politics on the matter. I merely state the negative effects. It's not a clean process. And it uses a hell of a lot of water. Drys up whole areas. The positive side is it does produce from previously low-yield deposits. But there will come a point, hopefully sooner rather than later, when we are going to have to decide if it's all worth it. And once we really begin to feel the loss of the groundwater you think the distant millionares drinking the Evian Bottled Water they ship in from France are going to be worried about the consequences? Well we have a basline for comparison: Europe. Lets see who runs out of freshwater first!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM in reply to Logic
      Well injection may very well be a contributor to the increased occurrence, but the potential for quakes lies in the tension between strata that is already there. That tension isn't due to gravity so much as movement of plates along faults as they 'float' over the magma core. They don't create the tension, they allow it to release earlier than it would otherwise. I tried to find the article I read last year wherein a geologist indicated he thought that the possibly injection caused quakes may prevent or certainly decrease the severity of the anticipated New Madrid fault quake which would truly be disastrous across a wide area of the Central US, including OK. Small quakes are much better than massive quakes and serve to release the tension over time rather than all at once. If you live along an active fault and go a long period between minor quakes, be very afraid. He was even proposing that injection wells be used in active earthquake areas to prevent or moderate massive quakes. Use them to lubricate the plates, in effect. So it may very well be beneficial that we are experience harmless quakes now. So far injection wells have done far more good than bad and it isn't unreasonable to think they may do far more good than we realize.
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        by M0rg0 on Apr 4, 2012 at 06:42 PM in reply to
        "So far injection wells have done far more good than bad" Could you provide just one example of something good that is attributable to injection wells, other than pure speculation.? The unnamed geologist "indicated that he thought" is not quite good enough as an example. Any others?
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          by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM in reply to M0rg0
          Well, the price of nat gas is down 75%? Oil production in US is up? Fracking makes previously unrecoverable oil available increasing supply by over a thousand percent? Sounds good to me.
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        by Joey on Apr 4, 2012 at 08:27 PM in reply to
        Unlike some, I have no idea whether earthquakes could be caused by fracking or not. However, I read where some geologist believes that earthquakes are the expression of Gods anger toward mankind. My point? You can get on the internet or listen to talk radio, and find some self proclaimed authority spouting off one looney theory after another. Hey, I saw Mitt Romney address a crowd of supporters and say he's got it on good authority that the Obama administration has been discussing the creation of some new religion!
  • by Yum Location: Chicago on Apr 4, 2012 at 06:11 AM
    Earthquakes happen. How do you think the Quachita mountains got 100 miles northwest of where they started out near New Orleans 190 million years ago? Wait until the New Madrid fault starts up again. It is located on the same fault line that runs through here. Enjoy!
  • by jo Location: durant on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:36 PM
    We felt it in Durant too!!
  • by drill baby drill Location: okla on Apr 3, 2012 at 09:16 PM
    you people need to find something else to gripe about. it is not the fracking causing earthquakes. if that were true they would be happening all the time. i can not believe you people are so against oil wells. do you not get tired of being robbed a the gas pumps? i sure do hope some body lets the keystone gas line come on down and get this country back on its feet. all you goody two shoes need to wake up and smell the oil. get of the oil drillers and let us do our jobs to provide for the people of the united states.
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      by Logic on Apr 4, 2012 at 07:39 AM in reply to drill baby drill
      They are going after natural gas, not oil. That's what fracking is all about. And why don't you scream at the next gas tanker headed to Europe where Exxon can sell it for 8 dollars a gallon?
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        by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 at 10:35 AM in reply to Logic
        I say good for them and I hope they can sell it for 10 dollars a gallon. You really got it in for them oil and gas companies Logic but your perception is not accurate. You also know less about fracking than you would like others to think. Fracking is only for natural gas? c'mon man. I agree with drill baby drill. Man's just trying to make a living.
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        by high horse on Apr 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM in reply to Logic
        Get it through your head, Logic. The fracking process has been and continues to be used to extract crude oil. And EXXON doesn't sell gasoline to Europe for 8 dollars per barrel which you either know or are incredibly naive. They pay the global market rate plus transportation costs plus incredible taxes. The base rate is the same everywhere. If you really believed you could buy gasoline at wholesale prices here and resale them at 8 dollars per in Europe?! Geeze..... stick to explaining consciousness and existentialism.
  • by Rod Bravender Location: Whitleyville TN on Apr 3, 2012 at 08:56 PM
    Well today was mostly a reaction from the earthquacks In south America and swarms of earthquacks on the west coust.And I allso mention before that Oklahoma is what they call the center of activity that runs north from around Cuba strate up to Oklahoma and west to Origan and alaska and east to newjersy it called the center hotspot and could be because of its magnetic feald witch is also why your a magnet for tornados. And yes horizonal fracturing and fluid dumping witch causes earthburping.And this will continue as long as underground tempatures continue to rise and volcanos continue to fill up.In witch case we me be able to fix the problem if people will lisen let us do are job to fix it right along with your tornados problem may have aprototype idear neads to be biult and tested. you have to make the more and get are Presidenal Orders is this case Its nessasary In order To do are work. Rod Bravender The Majestic Lion. seya
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      by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 at 08:33 AM in reply to Rod Bravender
  • by Sean Rushbeck Location: My bunker on Apr 3, 2012 at 03:11 PM
    I blame Obama. When he was in Oklahoma a couple weeks ago, he did a "Kenyan quake dance" to make the most conservative state in the union suffer. He is conspiring with the only other Muslim guy in the state to enact Shiria law. I heard he took guns away from several families while he was here, honing his gun confiscation skills for the upcoming ban. The earthquakes are a distraction to keep us from noticing, as well as a way to discredit fracking. Be scared people. Be very scared.
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      by LeeLee on Apr 3, 2012 at 04:37 PM in reply to Sean Rushbeck
      Too funny, Sean...
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      by Joey on Apr 3, 2012 at 06:02 PM in reply to Sean Rushbeck
      Yea, and I heard he and some fellow Kenyanmuslimcommies were seen burning their birth certificates, and stealing voter registration cards from graves.
  • by what's causing them? Location: south central ok. on Apr 3, 2012 at 12:43 PM
    get real people for some reason these earthquakes are coming more often and are getting stronger.
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      by Logic on Apr 3, 2012 at 03:16 PM in reply to what's causing them?
      Its called Hydraulic Fracturing, and its been banned in most of Europe and the Oil/Gas Industry is doing their best to cover it up by spreading a lot of disinformation about the practice. Their word: its perfectly safe you you and your drinking water. Your body: My world is shaking and the tapwater taste like metal and sulphur. The practice is going to catch up with them VERY soon as its effects become more widespread and obvious. What they are doing is injecting millions of gallons of chemically treated water into the ground in an effort to lift the rock up hydraulically releasing trapped pockets of natural gas. Works great too, for awhile. But it also creates Earthquakes and pollutes the water table. The Industry won't even release the chemical data reports to the EPA on what they are doing! They call it "propitiatory materials" protected under some obscure patent. Regardless, welcome to our new era of "energy independence"!!!
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        by BillyBob Thornton@Windom on Apr 3, 2012 at 05:06 PM in reply to Logic
        Well poor little (logic), name doesnt fit at all,maybe blowhard, your water taste bad? why dont you go to one of these countries like Europe that you are so proud of and live on nothing, and give up your freedoms,they have 6-8 dollars a gallon for gas over there unlike here in the U S A, power up your Prius and sick'em!
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          by Logic on Apr 4, 2012 at 07:35 AM in reply to BillyBob Thornton@Windom
          So your car run on Natural Gas? Uh...thats what they are drilling wallfly.
  • by willow Location: mill creek oklahoma on Apr 3, 2012 at 12:35 PM
    At apx.2:35 acording to my watch I felt my house shake, it wlasted only afew seconds. More earthquakes are happening in central Oklahona, and they appear to be getting stronger.
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      by Logic on Apr 3, 2012 at 03:30 PM in reply to willow
      They are man made and WILL get stronger until some people die and THEN you'll see the public sentiment begin to turn. When we finally get the REAL Bill and see what price we are paying for squeezing these last drops of natural gas, I'm positive the practice of fracking will be banned like it is in most of Europe. But this is NOT the future of energy development as some have claimed on these forums..no way this is going to be sustainable before you have mobs of angry citizens holding glasses of nasty tapwater picketing the nearest Frack Well...already starting to happen in Pennsylvania...AND by affluent citizens not treehuggers! As a result Pennsylvania is putting a moratorium on the practice. It will happen in Oklahoma after the first Earthquake deaths start occurring as these gradually get worse...
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        by high horse on Apr 4, 2012 at 02:27 PM in reply to Logic
        Now you want to add precognition to your portfolio of faux knowledge?! Most of what you said is simply untrue, the remainder is mostly untrue. I think fracking may add methane to water levels in some cases. There is no incontrovertible proof of it having happened anywhere. But methane occurs naturally in many places, particularly in coal rich PA where stories of flammable water are as old as the first settlements. Coal mines flood, explode, sometimes at the same time for a reason. But, removing the methane to safe levels is an old a reliable process. I have read of property owners collecting the bled off methane and using it to run water heaters and to even heat their homes. Lemons into lemonade. Of course most of the hype is people becoming hypersensitive because of the attention to the issue and suddenly noticing an odor, having their water tested and are certain they never had methane in their water before! But of course they did. The only study indicating a direct correlation showed that water wells near fracking had higher concentrations of dissolved methane. That could mean that in areas where gas exists to be drilled, there is a higher concentration of methane in the water, or it could mean that the fracking raises the levels. But, samples taken prior and subsequent to operations show no significant difference in the majority of cases. I know you hate the thought that fracking could mean energy independence and the death of silly ideas like rainbow powered flying cars, but get over it. I guess you could always go to Frack Free Bulgaria, or as you called it, most of Europe? Have fun!
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          by Logic on Apr 7, 2012 at 05:57 AM in reply to high horse
          You get the Oil Industry to release the MSDS on the chemicals they are using to alter the viscosity of the oil to get it to flow more easily...and get me maintenance records on replacing the corroded well casings on the injection wells pumping this into the ground. Deal?
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