Another noteworthy earthquake has occurred in Oklahoma. The event measured 4.3 magnitude, and occurred inside a large injection well fracking operation.
The montage below shows the nearest injection wells to be just a few hundred feet from the measured earthquake epicenter. These wells are just a small part of a much larger operation.
As for the actual size of the earthquake….. a 4.3M is certainly powerful enough to be felt in the area, possibly could cause minor structural damage.
Here are the USGS earthquake stats for this current event:
M4.3 – 24km WSW of Medford, Oklahoma 2014-07-29 02:46:36 UTC
- 2014-07-29 02:46:36 UTC
- 2014-07-28 21:46:36 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
- 2014-07-28 21:46:36 UTC-05:00 system time
36.732°N 97.987°W depth=7.6km (4.7mi)
Four days ago, on July 25th 2014, I made a post making note of the LACK of movement occurring in Oklahoma.
That post, intended as a warning to my viewers / listeners / readers as an area to watch for larger movement in the near term.
Saying the following (quote):
“In the past, each time we see “silence” in the areas where we have seen long term excessive movement occur, (to those paying attention to the cycle of events) it becomes an area to watch for possible larger movement in the near term.
When we’ve seen heavy movement in ADJACENT areas, and “silence” in a normally prone area, the normally prone “silent” area sometimes (usually?) receives an earthquake of larger size.
The multiple mid-3.0M earthquakes extending up the West Coast of the United States, means pressure must be building upon the edge of the craton.
Watch for a pickup in activity in Oklahoma after this silence.”
The reason we were watching the area for noteworthy activity was due to the silence which suddenly appeared in the region over the past week.
Over the past several months we had seen multiple HUNDRED earthquakes in the 2.5 to 3.5M range, occurring in a large swarm across the entire state of Oklahoma. Some seismic events even reaching North, into Kansas.
Beginning this past week, July 22-23 , a sudden drop off in activity occurred. Just a handful of 2.0M+ events happening over the past several days (leading up to this current 4.3 magnitude earthquake on July 29th 2014).
As we’ve seen in the past, earthquake ‘silence’ precedes larger seismic events — when the silence occurs in an area which was previously showing heavy movement.
Simply put, if an area is swarming, and you see it stop moving abruptly, most likely a buildup of pressure is occurring, which will lead to a larger earthquake in the near term (5-7 days).
It would be better to see a swarm of smaller events, than a buildup with a single larger release.
If you’re new to the subject of fracking induced earthquakes (man made earthquakes), start your journey here: