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Title: Earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma
Post by: Mr. Bill on October 13, 2010, 11:43:24 AM
Bouncy-bouncy in the middle of the country.

USGS map showing the past week's quakes (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Maps/US10/32.42.-100.-90.php)

Minor earthquakes rattle parts of Arkansas (http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20101012/NEWS01/10120322)
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...According to U.S. Geological Survey data, there have been 19 recorded earthquakes north of Little Rock since Sunday, ranging in magnitude from 1.0 to 3.5. Monday's 3.8-magnitude earthquake occurred nearly four miles below the Earth's surface.

Most of them have come from an area known as the Enola Swarm — a seismically active area named after the town of Enola. ...

Earthquake shakes Okla., among strongest in state (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/7244998.html)
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...The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.3-magnitude quake struck at 9:06 a.m. about six miles northeast of Norman in Cleveland County, sharply shaking portions of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The state has had only three stronger quakes since statehood in 1907. ...
Title: Re: Earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma
Post by: Alpha Mike on October 13, 2010, 12:21:43 PM
Well, I guess the word is out now.  Things are so bad here in California, we had to sell off some of our earthquakes to other states.  :o
Title: Re: Earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma
Post by: Morning Sunshine on October 13, 2010, 02:09:10 PM
Well, I guess the word is out now.  Things are so bad here in California, we had to sell off some of our earthquakes to other states.  :o
like a lot of the things you guys export to other parts of the country (crazy laws, regulations, people), you can keep your earthquakes too!
Title: Re: Earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma
Post by: Peter Pumpkin Eater on October 13, 2010, 06:48:37 PM
Yeah it was a real weird one for us here in Oklahoma, I work in Norman and definitely felt this one!!  The reports said people could feel it as far as Tulsa, Wichita,

Dallas, and Amarillo...only lasted a few seconds and afterwards I was like holy smokes was I hallucinating or did something just happen. LOL

Never would have thunk it !!

Pete
Title: Re: Earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma
Post by: Pathfinder on October 13, 2010, 07:24:50 PM
Well, I guess the word is out now.  Things are so bad here in California, we had to sell off some of our earthquakes to other states.  :o

OK, now I don't care where you're from, that is funny!
Title: Re: Earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma
Post by: Ken325 on October 13, 2010, 08:42:19 PM
I do emergency response work occasionally, and we did an exercise on the New Madrid Fault Line.  I did some research and the results shocked me.  This fault line effects about 5 states including AR, IN, KY,TN,MI.  It is capable of 8.0 quakes and this happens about every 200 years.  The last one was 1811 and 1812.  The really scary thing about this fault line is it is in the Mississippi River Valley.  The soil in this area is silt that is saturated with water and when a earthquake compresses the soil, it re-suspends the silt particles.  The result is soil that flows like water.  This will devastate foundations, bridges, and other structures.  I strongly advise people in this area to prepare, and to educate themselves on earthquake safety.  You need to know things like move away from water after an earthquake in case a dam broke.  You need an evacuation plan that accepts the fact that a lot of bridges will be out, or in unsafe condition. 

Title: Re: Earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma
Post by: Irishajw on October 28, 2010, 05:12:42 PM
I live in Norman Oklahoma, where it was centered (I live just few miles away from teh actual center).  Was pretty amazing, shook the house a good 15 seconds.  One picture fell off the wall, but otherwise was pretty minor.
Title: Re: Earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma
Post by: OldManSchmidt on October 28, 2010, 10:16:49 PM
1811-1812 New Madrid Event

Here's the link thingie:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1812_New_Madrid_earthquake (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1812_New_Madrid_earthquake)

Four major earthquakes were experienced beginning Dec. 16, 1811 and ending Feb. 7, 1812.  The Feb. 7th earthquake created Reelfoot Lake and caused the Mississippi to flow backwards, caused temporary waterfalls on the Mississippi River at Kentucky bend and actually caused waves that traveled upstream.

To put it in perspective, it was reported to ring church bells in Boston and topple chimneys in Maine.  My hometown and current city of residence of Louisville, KY will likely be wiped off the map when there is a recurrence of the 1811-1812 earthquakes.  Given it is impossible to traverse Louisville by water on the Ohio River without the McAlpine Locks, a recurrence of that event will effectively cut the Ohio in half as it pertains to barge transport.  This is the original reason that Louisville sprung up in the first place.  Steamboats would put in above or below the Falls of the Ohio respectively and unload passengers and cargo.  Those passengers and that cargo would then move to a point on the other side of the city to re-embark on riverboats to go farther.
Title: Re: Earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma
Post by: ozzy88m on January 30, 2011, 01:26:33 AM
I lived on the east side of Norman, I was asleep on the couch when it hit, I woke up and thought an explosion had happened. The first thing I did was go outside to look at the horizon to see if there was any smoke, when I saw none I turned on the tv to channel 9,that's when I knew it was an earthquack, the first one I had ever experienced.
Title: Re: Earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma
Post by: velojym on January 30, 2011, 08:53:29 AM
A few folks around here, in an attempt to identify and easily blamed bogeyman, are pointing fingers at the oil and gas industry in this area. While the wells are pretty impressive, I really don't think (in my relatively uneducated opinion) that they're gonna touch off a major quake. If anything, if it *were* true, perhaps they're actually releasing small amounts of pressure that would slightly mitigate the next big one.
I'm in Central AR, and worked in the oilfields for a while, and I think the folks who believe I'm single-handedly destroying the Earth with my SUV and my wife's hair spray would have no qualms about jumping on the energy ban-wagon.
Title: Re: Earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma
Post by: OKGranny on January 30, 2011, 12:50:51 PM
Maybe I have a twisted sense of humor but I find it funny that so many people are all shook up over small earthquakes and looking for someone to blame. I'm quite well aware the New Madrid fault could be a problem but most of the quakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma haven't been anywhere near that fault line. There's probably some small fault lines that decided to give everyone around a thrill.
Title: Re: Earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma
Post by: caverdude on July 17, 2011, 11:49:50 AM
According to geological records there are 1000's of small (very tiny only registered on instruments) quakes per year in the north eastern arkansas area, south eastern missouri.  A trucker from Kansas city told me they get quakes there sometimes. I think once or twice growing up in Arkansas over the years we have heard a boom noise that was latter said to be an earthquake.

I would say that in engineering structures as you get closer to the mississippi river and north eastern arkansas, earthquake engineering mods need to be ramped up for the "big one"

Oh the 1000's of small quakes per year is a good thing, we wouldn't want to see that slow down or stop for a length of time, might mean the big one is on us.