4.3 quake rattles Oklahoma, as higher-than-California rate of 3.0+ temblors continues

4.3 quake rattles Oklahoma, as higher-than-California rate of 3.0+ temblors continues

[Ed. – Something going on here.  Good trend; earth letting off steam?  Bad trend: building toward a biggie?]

MEDFORD, Oklahoma – The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported an earthquake near Medford Monday afternoon.

The 4.3 magnitude quake shook the area three miles northeast of Medford and 32 miles north, northeast of Enid at 1:30 p.m., according to the USGS.

The earthquake was nearly four miles deep.

There are no reports of major injury or damage at this time.

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[Bonus: see more at this summary from 13 Jan 2015. – Ed.]

After increasing rapidly over the past three years, the pace of earthquakes in Oklahoma held steady in 2014 at a rate higher than California and far higher than the historic average in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma experienced 567 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in 2014, up from 209 in 2013. The state had averaged about 40 a year for the previous five years and less than five a year before that. …

“It looks like we’re at about the same rate now as we were last year at this point,” Oklahoma Geological Society seismologist Austin Holland said. “We’re continuing to see a high rate, but it looks like a steady rate at this point.”

While researchers and policymakers are pleased the rate has not continued to grow, they are still working to better understand what the state is experiencing.

“We took it as good news, but there are so many unknowns in this,” said Michael Teague, Oklahoma energy and environment secretary. “Until we unravel more of this, I don’t know what to make of the snapshots of data we have now.”

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