Archive for Sunday, March 16, 2014

Earthquake recorded in southern Kansas

March 16, 2014


The U.S. Geological Survey reports an earthquake shook southern Kansas.

The earthquake happened at 3:46 a.m. Sunday and measured 4.0 on the Richter scale. Its epicenter was reported eight miles east-northeast of Anthony in Harper County.

It was at least the second earthquake in a week in the area. On Wednesday, a quake rated 3.4 on the Richter scale was recorded 14 miles east-northeast of Anthony.

Gov. Sam Brownback last month asked the director of the Kansas Geological Survey to lead a task force that'll study whether human activity is causing an increase in minor earthquakes in Kansas.


Hedley Lamarr 3 years ago

Oh, Lordy, Lordy, save us from teh fracking!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott Burkhart 3 years ago

@ Hedley Lamarr - "I didn't get a harumph outta that guy!"

Mike Ford 3 years ago

as long as the Koch brothers approved scientists?????? are paid to shush up, discredit, and play dumb Kansans will stick their heads in the sand until their houses shake down. Then we can all ride dinosaurs like we did 6000 years ago trying to escape the shaking ground.

Shane Garrett 3 years ago

Ask Texas and Oklahoma why the frack their ground shakes.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years ago

"4.0 on the Richter scale" is an earthquake? Really?

If you've ever spent any time on the west coast, I think you would call that a microquake.

People are getting killed on the roads and highways every single day, about one every 12 minutes in the United States, and a tiny bit of swaying is news in Kansas.

Arnie Bunkers 3 years ago

There is NO other explanation for the earthquakes than fracking. NONE.

I would say 0.0001% chance it could be anything else.

Scott Burkhart 3 years ago

@ Arnie Bunkers - Really? There have been minor earthquakes and tremors in the midwest since long before fracking. For rizzle, dog.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years ago

Clipped from:

"Earthquakes with magnitudes below 5 occur fairly commonly each year. There were more than 15,000 such quakes worldwide in 2012, according to the National Earthquake Information Center."

Note: This one was only a mag 4. I have no idea how large that number would be if mag 4 quakes were counted, but it would certainly be a whole lot more than 15,000.

Arnie Bunkers said, "There is NO other explanation for the earthquakes than fracking. NONE."

And, "I would say 0.0001% chance it could be anything else."

I had no idea there was that much fracking going on all over the world! That's terrible! Causing over 15,000 earthquakes a year!

Reality check: Earthquakes happen all the time. If you don't like it, you could move to Mars. But the problem is, I'm sure there are earthquakes on Mars also.

Mike Ford 3 years ago

if these earthquakes get to 5.0 or 5.5 then there will be foundation damage and the like. One this strong happened southeast of OKC a couple of years ago. To simpletons money is more important though.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years ago

Foundation damage from a mag 5.5? I suppose that is possible with very shoddy construction. I would sure hate to be in such a building on a windy day in Kansas.

I've experienced TWO 6.5 mag quakes in California. The damage? Some plaster walls cracked, but that was about it. A 6.5 is 10 times as powerful as a 5.5, it's an exponential scale, and open ended.

If you think a 5.5 is bad, just wait until the New Madrid hits the midwest United States again!

Clipped from:

"This sequence of three very large earthquakes is usually referred to as the New Madrid earthquakes, after the Missouri town that was the largest settlement on the Mississippi River between St. Louis, Missouri and Natchez, Mississippi. On the basis of the large area of damage (600,000 square kilometers), the widespread area of perceptibility (5,000,000 square kilometers), and the complex physiographic changes that occurred, the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812 rank as some of the largest in the United States since its settlement by Europeans. They were by far the largest east of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. and Canada. The area of strong shaking associated with these shocks is:
two to three times as large as that of the 1964 Alaska earthquake
and 10 times as large as that of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake."
-end clip-

Those quakes struck 3 times in 1811 - 1812, and there were significant aftershocks also. What we could do is panic now, and run for the hills!

Reality check: The biggest disasters are always completely unexpected.

Beator 3 years ago

As a non Geology specialist, I think it's probably good the minor shakes happen. This may relive stress therefore precluding a major quake. Fracking may be the answer to preventing the big one!

James Howlette 3 years ago

Wow. You're really going to try to invent advantages for frack-induced earthquakes?

Beator 3 years ago

Why not? Complex people think fracking creates quakes, why use fracking to kill two birds with one frack?

Make money AND reduce major shakers!

Shane Garrett 3 years ago

No fracking way. Paul Davis will continue the money rolling into Kansas with continued energy policies. I only hope he has more love for wind power.

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