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Local geologists weigh in on Pawnee earthquake

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GLENCOE, Okla. – Local geologists say they think more needs to be done to prevent earthquakes.

From a shed behind his Glencoe home, Mark Crismon tracks seismic activity.

"There's a three-point-something earthquake that happened about an hour and a half ago,” Crismon said in front of his computer on Sunday afternoon.

Crismon lives in what is referred to as the earthquake red zone, only a few miles away from the epicenter of Pawnee’s Saturday morning quake.

"This is like living in, I call it the death sentence alley,” Crismon said.

Crismon has cracks all over his driveway and inside his home caused by recent and past earthquakes.

Saturday’s knocked over several shelves in his garage, smashing dozens of canned foods to the ground.

After all of that, came the aftershocks.

"I felt 11 of them last night, from 9 O'clock to midnight last night. I couldn't sleep,” Crismon said.

State regulators are ordering oil and gas companies to shut down all wastewater disposal wells in the 725-square mile area of the Pawnee quake, which is 37 wells.

Local geologists, like Bob Jackman, don’t think that’s enough.

"The best solution is to shut down all of the disposal wells in the U.S. geological earthquake red zones, the danger zone, in central and north central Oklahoma. There's approximately 600-700 high volume, high pressure disposal wells that should be shut down completely,” Jackman said.

Governor Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for Pawnee County and is encouraging home and business owners to send in pictures of their damage, as information on the quake is still being collected.

Jackman says with the potential for much larger quakes in Oklahoma’s future, he thinks the state government needs to take more extreme measures.

"We've been saying that sadly it might take a couple fatalities before this state does anything. That is terribly wrong,” Jackman said.

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