Quake warning adds new worries to tornado-prone Oklahoma

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MarcusBP wrote:

This article avoided some hard questions in their attempt to link these earthquakes to hydraulic fracking. First, why were there no earthquakes 30+ years ago when there was a far greater amount of fracking? Why are areas immediately to the west and south of the affected area not having earthquakes; despite a much larger number of hydraulic fracking sites and water injection wells? And finally, why no mention of the fact that Oklahoma has a zone of seismic weakness, similar to the New Madrid area in Misosuri/Arkansas; but long dormant? The very term dormant recognizes the potential to reactivate at an unknown time. This just may be one of those times.

May 08, 2014 2:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MarcusBP wrote:

“Fracking…provided revenue for the financially strapped state.” Not only incorrect, this is pure negative bias by the author; and puts into question anything else written. No matter how you gauge the financial health of a state, Oklahoma does very well. If looking at long-run solvency, in fiscal year 2012 Oklahoma was ranked 8th; with Alaska being first and Illinois 50th. But no matter how you judge fiscal strength, Oklahoma does well.

May 08, 2014 2:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hunterson wrote:

People should recall that Warren Buffet just mentioned that for the past 20 years or so the reinsurance industry has made a lot of money off of hurricane fear. In spite of no actual increase in hurricane activity. In the same article he mentioned how earthquake insurance would be the next big thing. It would be wise to think about how gullible people are to fear mongering.

May 09, 2014 6:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
markadms wrote:

I’ll refrain from the fracking debate on this one, but I’m curious to see how the future will play out here. We’ve always had a history of severe storms; tornadoes, hail, etc… Add that to the increasingly severe droughts bringing increasing numbers of wildfires (Seriously people… use your freaking car ashtrays and stop throwing the cigarette butts out the window…), and it will be interesting to see how the state holds up if we start getting huge earthquakes.
I wonder how long the feds can hold up to the increasing number of devastating events occurring across the country, and continue to provide disaster relief.

May 09, 2014 2:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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