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Move over California, there’s a new earthquake capital

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OKLAHOMA – Move over California, there’s a new earthquake capital.

According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, Oklahoma had three times as many earthquakes as California in 2014 and remains well ahead in 2015.

Before 2009, Oklahoma was barely on the earthquake map, but in 2014, Oklahoma recorded 562 earthquakes with a magnitude 3.0 or higher.

Oklahoma even beat Alaska, the nation’s perennial leader in total earthquakes.

The CIR’s report blames the uptick in earthquakes in Oklahoma on waste water disposal wells used in fracking.

Last week an Oklahoma energy company was ordered to shut down a wastewater injection well due to concerns that it may be causing earthquakes.

Matt Skinner, with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), said due to continuing earthquakes in Alfalfa County, a SandRidge Energy well, located near the northern Oklahoma town of Cherokee, will stop operating until more data is collected to study a possible connection to seismic activity.

Read more of the Center for Investigative Reporting’s earthquake study here.

 

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