– Matthew 24: 7-8
By G.B. Poindexter
Managing Editor, Broken Arrow Ledger
If one views seismological data recorded in Oklahoma for the period of February 2010 to February 2013, they will see indications that more than 3,000 tremors have occurred, steadily increasing in magnitude.
“Many people felt the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that took place Dec. 7, near Edmond, Oklahoma,” said Amie R. Gibson, research scientist II for the Oklahoma Geological Survey Observatory.
Based in Leonard, the observatory for which Gibson is responsible records and studies data from all seismological events the station measures throughout the world, but particularly those that happen in the Earth’s crust beneath Oklahoma.
But, she said, as it relates to the number of tremors, felt-tremors (tremors that people feel and report) and the magnitude of each event in historical data, a large event is “possible in the future.”
One source of information to which Gibson makes reference is a year-to-year comparison of recent earthquake activity originating and recorded in Oklahoma.
“In November 2012 there were just over 50 earthquakes,” Gibson said. “This November, there were 613.”
Since the Dec. 7 quake, more than 137 additional tremors have occurred in the state, recorded by the Leonard station.
Gibson did not say a quake of “X” amount magnitude would happen. She also did not indicate where an event might originate.
Debate within the scientific community on the cause of why earthquakes are occurring in Oklahoma suggests many things, including issues related to oil exploration.
Gibson did not express a position with regard to why the events are happening. She simply provided clarity to the recorded data and added, “Information is available on our website for anyone who wants to visit it.”
At OKGeoSurvey1.gov, users can log on and click the Research tab. Two items of note available with regard to the amount of quakes include the following: “The Southern Arcadia Lake, November 2013 Earthquake Swarm” and the “A.A. Holland 2013” document.
Both documents offer empirical data that show an increase in both amount and magnitude of earthquakes in Oklahoma.
As it stands now, Gibson said, we will continue to experience seismic activity in this region.
There’s been another earthquake reported northwest of Fort Worth.
Tuesday’s quake measured 2.7-magnitude and struck one mile east of Azle at 9:39 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
It is the 13th quake registering 2.5-magnitude or greater in the last 30 days in the same general vicinity.
The strongest quake over the past month registered 3.6-magnitude and hit on Sunday.
This week, a research team from SMU is placing seismic monitors around Azle. Scientists are trying to determine if the flurry of tremors is a natural phenomenon or if it is linked to natural gas drilling.
Bud Gillett, CBS Local
DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – The long and winding road of gas drilling in Dallas has reached its end. The city council voted on a new ordinance on gas drilling Wednesday.
One section had been a bone of contention since the initial proposal — how far away from populated areas and other wells is safe to drill? The council decided that answer is 1500 feet.
Dallas Cothrum represents Trinity East, a Barnett Shale gas company that hopes to drill in Dallas and has even paid for some exploratory rights to minerals. Now, Cothrum says that idea is effectively dead. “You just can’t drill under these conditions. It’d require more than 250-acres of property and in an urban area it’s just not possible.” He said the acreage is generally the size of Southern Methodist University.
People who support unbridled drilling, like Dallas geologist William Crowder, said, “The Barnett Shale doesn’t change at the county line. Are you guys out of your mind? You’re going to turn down an economic boom that gave Fort Worth $54 million last year?”
The ordinance would not change the current prohibition against drilling on park land or flood plains. Environmental activists argued drilling would taint air, water, and cause more earthquakes like some recently experienced near Azle.
The tremors have Dallas resident Richard Guldi concerned. ”These earthquakes are already destroying homes and walls, but the fracking industry won’t pay for any of that,” he said.
Council member Vonciel Jones Hill was not impressed with environmental activists’ logic. ”I have heard many hypotheses that claim to be science. They are not.”
The biggest argument came over the 1500-foot distance between wells and homes, public areas, or each other. There were last-ditch attempts to shorten the distance, but in the end, it remained, by a 9-6 vote.
“I think this is effectively a ban,” Dallas Cothrum summed up. ”It’s disappointing the city of Dallas has determined they don’t want to participate in the prosperity of the Barnett Shale.”
But Zach Trahan, with the Dallas chapter of the Texas Campaign for the Environment, was generally pleased. ”The ordinance that passed today was not perfect,” he said. ”It has weaknesses. But it’s a huge, huge step in the right direction and we’re very pleased the mayor and council voted to approve the ordinance.”
Gas drilling isn’t technically dead. Companies can still apply for a special use permit. They can also ask for a variance to the 1500-foot rule, but approval of the request would require a two-thirds council majority, not a simple majority.
Reporting Bud Gillett
FORT WORTH — Sparing the usual targets of politics and football, a downtown businessmen’s civic club on Wednesday instead devoted its annual charity holiday roast to mysteries.
By the end of the Exchange Club of Fort Worth party, members deduced what’s causing earthquakes, how a law school disappeared and who could kick in toward a $100,000 gift for the Star-Telegram Goodfellow Fund.
Since 1936, executives and politicians have gathered to spoof each other and then make a serious donation toward clothes or shoes for children — this year, almost 20,000 kids.
Over steaks at the Fort Worth Club, donors first quietly surrendered an average of $600 each in checks.
Then, Chief Extractor George Young applied the spurs.
“OK,” he said, grinning out at some of the city’s most generous philanthropists, “which one of you guys gave the $1 bill?”
Nobody fessed up.
“Guys,” Young said, turning serious, “we need another $20,000.
“It’s a short holiday season this year. Donations are down. I know we’ve been dealing with the ice. But please, let’s not let down the Goodfellows.”
Checkbooks reappeared. Before the last bit of pecan pie was gone, the total had passed $100,000.
Bud Kennedy’s column appears Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 817-390-7538 Twitter: @BudKennedy
The Daily Citizen
The United States Geological Survey confirmed the 3.1 magnitude quake occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time about 18 miles northeast of Dalton.
Many readers on The Daily Citizen’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thedailycitizen, commented that they felt the tremor. Several people described the event as a “boom” that shook their houses and rattled pictures on their walls. One person said it felt like a car struck their house.
Those who said they felt the quake included residents in Tennga, Crandall, Cisco, Spring Place and other parts of Murray County as well as Dawnville and Beaverdale in Whitfield County.
911 operators in Murray and Whitfield counties said they had no reports of damage as of an hour after the event.
December 9, 2013 – MINERAL WELLS, TX — North Texas has had another earthquake in the same general area where more than a dozen minor quakes were recorded in November. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.7 magnitude earthquake happened at 3:23 a.m. Monday and was centered about 11 miles north-northeast of Mineral Wells. The Parker County Sheriff’s Office did not immediate have any reports of damage or injuries. Other recent minor earthquakes happened in the Reno and Azle (AY’-zil) areas, about 20 miles northeast of Fort Worth. –WFAA
Oklahoma rattled by 4.5 tremor: A magnitude-4.5 earthquake in central Oklahoma shook residents Saturday, just weeks after the two-year anniversary of the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the Sooner state, and was followed by two smaller temblors later in the day. The shaking is increasingly commonplace in the state, so after the initial surprise, customers at a central Oklahoma restaurant near the epicenter of the first quake returned their attention to an in-state college football rivalry game. Marty Doepke, general manager of Pops Restaurant in Arcadia, near the epicenter of the first quake, said there was no damage at the restaurant that’s known for its selection of some 600 soft drinks — hundreds of which are displayed in individual bottles along shelves. “It shook a bit, that’s for sure. Everybody just kind of stopped and looked around,” Doepke said. “Everybody almost automatically knew what it was and then went back to watching the Bedlam game” — the Oklahoma State-Oklahoma football game.
The earthquake was centered near Arcadia, about 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, and was about 5 miles deep, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The agency reported that temblor was followed by a magnitude-2.8 earthquake at 1:26 p.m. about 10 miles northeast of Oklahoma City and a magnitude-3.1 tremor at 5:58 p.m. about 6 miles northeast of the city. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said no injuries or damage were reported from any of the quakes. Oklahoma is crisscrossed with fault lines that generate frequent small earthquakes, most too weak to be felt. But after decades of limited seismic activity in the region, earthquakes have become more common in the last several years. The strongest earthquake on record in Oklahoma was a magnitude-5.6 earthquake on Nov. 5, 2011. That time, the football stadium in Stillwater, about 70 miles north of Oklahoma City, started shaking just after OSU defeated No. 17 Kansas State and left ESPN sports anchor Kirk Herbstreit wide-eyed during a postgame telecast. –ABC
By Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Morning News
Update at 4 p.m.: SMU says seismologists will deploy seismic monitors in and around Azle to study the series of quakes that have been ratting that part of the Barnett Shale since the beginning of November.
In a release issued Monday, the university says the first batch will be deployed as early as this week. They will be installed “in private homes, businesses, public buildings and schools with an existing broadband connection to the Internet,” says the release. Data will be made available online, via the U.S. Geological Survey, which is providing four monitors.
More than a dozen other sensors will be set up at confidential locations in coming days.
“We are first going to focus in on where the earthquakes have been occurring — about a five- to six-mile area near Reno and Azle,” says associate professor of geophysics Heather DeShon, who will be leading the research team. “How long the monitors remain depends on continued seismicity. We’re thinking a few months.”
Original item posted at 7:30 a.m.: For a second straight morning, there has been another earthquake northwest of Fort Worth — the 25th since November 1.
This one was among the largest recorded since the beginning of this quake outbreak: a 3.7-magnitude tremor located about 11 miles northeast of Mineral Wells, where, at the end of November, there were back-to-back quakes registering 3.6 and 2.8, prompting the Tarrant Regional Water District to conduct daily inspections of the Eagle Mountain Reservoir.
This morning’s quake occurred at 3:23, and was felt from Fort Worth to Weatherford.
It follows a Sunday-morning tremor that yet again rattled Azle, which has had its fill of earthquakes in recent weeks. Yesterday’s was a 3.6 felt from Dallas to Oklahoma City.
It’s believed most, if not all, of the quakes are being caused by injection wells used to dispose of wastewater from gas drilling. The Texas Railroad Commission will neither confirm or deny that sentiment.
“Texas has a long history of safe operations of injection and disposal wells (RRC issued the first injection well permit in 1936, and statewide there are more than 33,000 injection and disposal wells), and staff has not identified a significant correlation between faulting and injection practices,” spokesperson Ramona Nye told us earlier this month.
But they’re looking into it: “When earthquakes are reported, our staff will determine if saltwater disposal wells are nearby and then inspect the facilities to ensure that they are in compliance with their Railroad Commission permit conditions. Please keep in mind, that some reported earthquake epicenters in Texas have not been near saltwater disposal or injection wells. Commission staff this week inspected one Azle-area disposal well after the reported seismic events and found this disposal well was in compliance with Commission rules.”
When reached this morning, Nye said via email that “at this time, Commission staff has no information about the causes of recent seismic events near Azle.”
NOTICE OF DATA BREACH Dear User, We are writing to inform you about a data security issue that may involve your Yahoo account information. What Happened? A copy of certain user account information was stolen from our systems in late 2014 by what we believe is a state-sponsored actor. We are closely coordinating with law...
12:15am EDT Breaking News The hashtag #GasShortage is trending on twitter for Tennessee. It will soon be trending elsewhere. My brother reported to me a few minutes ago that Gas stations in Greensboro NC are out of gas and those truck stops have only about 7000 Gallons as of 1155pm EST. The immediate...
World Peace: The Final Chapter By Brooks Agnew Notes from 04 September 2016 World peace has been cited by pageant misses as their life’s work for more than a century. It is the stuff of happily ever fairy tales and Mendala shifting Disney movies. Guard dropping press releases misled Neville Chamberlain and countless other kings to...
Forgiveness by Luckee1 as heard on 30 August 2016 http://tfrlive.com/luckee-with-truth-frequency-news-66847/ I know when I was a girl, I was told that we had to forgive others. The adults, especially those associated with church, always talked about forgiving others. They also talked about how Jesus died for our forgiveness. They would talk about things like forgive your...
Original post is: Watch as amazing GcMAF treatment kills cancer cells in real time… holistic doctors ‘suicided’ over this stunning breakthrough A breakthrough cancer treatment appears to be the reason why a handful of holistic doctors were recently found “suicided” is now gaining worldwide attention as a potential universal cure for cancer. And new microscopic...