Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake, Third Strongest on Record in Oklahoma, Felt as Far Away as Kansas City
EDITOR’S NOTE: I don’t generally do earthquake updates unless it’s rare in in it’s circumstance or unusual in some way which this one is, or unless they are extremely large because the moderate ones are reported all over the MSM anyway…this was worthy of posting in my opinion.
Oklahoma was shook by its third strongest earthquake on record late Saturday morning, capable of at least some damage near the epicenter.
Preliminary data registered the earthquake at magnitude 5.1, centered 17 miles northwest of the town of Fairview, Oklahoma. This was followed by a pair of aftershocks, a magnitude 3.9 just 10 minutes after the initial quake, then a magnitude 2.5 tremor almost 24 minutes after the first aftershock.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey, the magnitude 5.1 quake was the third strongest on record in the Sooner State, behind only the Nov. 6, 2011 Prague tremor (magnitude 5.6) and the April 9, 1952 Yukon quake (magnitude 5.5).
It was felt as far away as Fayetteville, Arkansas, the Kansas City metro area, and far southeast Nebraska.
Strength of shaking reported to the U.S. Geological Survey from the Fairview, Oklahoma, earthquake on Feb. 13, 2016. “Very strong” shaking capable of “moderate damage” was reported near the epicenter, denoted by the black star. (U.S. Geological Survey)
There were reports of ‘very strong’ shaking, level VII on the modified Mercalli intensity scale, in the towns of Waynoka and Aline, Oklahoma. This level of shaking is capable of ‘moderate damage’, according to the scale.
A map put together the Oklahoma Geological Survey shows the area affected by the earthquake is a hotspot due to the fault line snaking underneath Oklahoma.
It’s possible that fracking could reactivate some of the nearby fault lines in the state, triggering larger earthquakes capable of more damage in the future.
There have been no immediate reports of damages or injuries.