Oklahoma Hit by 11 Quakes—in 2 Days
Record number of temblors in Sooner State may be from wastewater from fracking
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2014 7:12 AM CDT
Updated Jul 14, 2014 7:59 AM CDT
In this Friday, July 20, 2012 photo, pipe for a pipeline is readied for installation near a drilling rig, near Calumet, Okla.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

(Newser) – Something shook Oklahoma all night long over the weekend—and it wasn’t the neighbors playing AC/DC too loud. The US Geological Survey recorded 11 small earthquakes, most in the magnitude 2.6 to 2.9 range, over Saturday and yesterday, reports the AP; Tulsa World has a list. The most severe temblor was one that hit just after noon on Saturday, and registered a 4.3 magnitude. The Oklahoma quakes knocked dishes off shelves and cracked some foundations, but there were no reports of major damage or injuries, KOCO reports. But there is finger-pointing: at the wastewater generated by hydraulic fracturing, aka "fracking," particularly on the heels of this study indicating a link between the two.

The wave of quakes is just bolstering stats showing that Oklahoma seems to be the new California: As of June, the Sooner State had surpassed the Golden State's earthquake tally, recording 207 quakes of 3.0 magnitude or higher for the year, compared with California’s 140, according to KOCO. Hundreds of Oklahoma residents last month met with regulators and researchers to ask for bans or severe restrictions on injection wells, into which huge amounts of wastewater—a fracking byproduct—are pumped as a means to dispose of it; the AP notes that some scientists think the water could be increasing underground pressures and lubricating faults.

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purple6
Jul 14, 2014 4:40 PM CDT
We might have an answer that there is a correlation between fracking and earthquakes in 30yrs or so. We just don't have enough studies yet to prove conclusively. By then the companies will have changed their names and moved on. You know, like proving that there is a link to man made global warming and that pot has medicinal value. We just need more research.....
RedHunter
Jul 14, 2014 3:10 PM CDT
Maybe the Frackers can drill a bit more, then they can all fall into a giant sinkhole, and you know - die
Catfish-Jimmy
Jul 14, 2014 1:27 PM CDT
What??? No "go frack yourself" or WTF (frack) jokes??? I'm disappointed.