March 24, 2015 is turning out to be a VERY active day in regards to seismic activity in the Midwest United States.
Over the past 7 days, up to March 24 2015 – 1130am CDT – we can clearly see major activity has occurred across the midwest. Each earthquake occurring at a fracking operation.
As if this mornings TWO back to back 4.0M earthquakes at the Oklahoma fracking operations weren’t enough, now we see a borderline 4.0 magnitude (3.9 magnitude revised) earthquake strike Kansas.
We were watching for movement to hit Kansas — the earthquake forecast issued on March 18th covered Kansas specifically, and a 7 day watch was issued for the area of South Central Kansas.
See the original earthquake forecast from March 18th here:
quote the description below the forecast video:
“States named in the video .. California dormant volcanoes should again show movement, Yellowstone (again), Colorado (again), Texas (again), Kansas (again), and then the East coast (again). “
Today (March 24 2015) , day 6 of the warning , the seismic movement expected in Kansas has hit.
One more day left to go in the 7 day forecast issued on March 18th.
Particularly troubling to see this much movement occurring in such a short amount of time. These three earthquake (2 different 4.0M in Oklahoma + 3.9M in Kansas) all happened in less than 12 hours from one another.
Recently, professionals have said that there is a large increase in the chances of a greater than 6.0 magnitude earthquake to strike the region.
The large earthquake threat is due to “reactivated” fault zones which have not seen movement in millions of years. The fault zones across Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and Southern Colorado have been fractured due to excessive drilling, following by high pressure injection of fluids into the faults themselves.
Oklahoma located at the center of the activity, now the areas adjacent to Oklahoma are starting to see seismic activity on a much greater level.
Kansas, not normally earthquake prone, has seen several noteworthy earthquakes recently. Just a few months ago Kansas experienced one of its largest earthquakes in state history…. a 4.8 magnitude.
The earthquake (of course) struck at a fracking operation. See my video covering that event here:
Information on this current 3.8 (3.9) magnitude earthquake in Kansas from the USGS:
|Magnitude / uncertainty||3.8 mb_lg± 0.0|
|Location / uncertainty||37.107°N 97.648°W± 0.8 km|
|Depth / uncertainty||7.9 km± 4.3|
|Origin Time||2015-03-24 15:31:51.370 UTC|
|Number of Stations||–|
|Number of Phases||35|
|Minimum Distance||4.12 km (0.04°)|
|Travel Time Residual||0.28 sec|
|FE Region||Kansas (480)|